A New Project Will Keep Hospital's Road Dry

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By Sam Smith

HARRISBURG -- There's a new project to prevent flooding in Harrisburg. It will improve the road to Harrisburg Medical Center, which is overrun with water during heavy rains.

Missouri Street gets so flooded during heavy rain, it can't be used. Local lawmakers have secured a million dollar state grant to raise the street out of the flood plain.

Gary Forby and Brandon Phelps were joined by Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg and hospital administrators to announce the project Friday. Lawmakers say the project will raise the road above the 100-year flood plain.

"If it ever floods again, we wont have any problem getting into the hospital. This road is really important," says State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton).

"We are very honored to be selected for this because you know there is a lot of competition with this money state wide. So i'm just glad southern illinois is getting their fair share," says State Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg).

Forby says construction bids for the project are about to be sent out. Work on the road is expected to begin shortly and be finished by the fall. Harrisburg has made several other flood prevention upgrades recently, installing new, faster pumps, and clearing debris along the city's levee system.
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