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Marion starts laying new bricks on Market Street

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MARION -- Road crews have started repaving Marion's historic Market Street.

Workers will spend the next few weeks laying down 126,000 bricks, replacing bricks that sat there for more than 100 years.

Marion Mayor Bob Butler said the new bricks have been a long time coming...

"The street itself has been in a state of disrepair for quite a while," Butler said. "Anyone who has driven down the road will attest to that fact."

Market Street is the only road left in Marion with brick pavement and Butler doesn't want that to go away.

"We need to remember our roots. We need to remember where we are from," Butler said. "When we start forgetting our historical background, we are doing a great disservice to future generations."

The city spent $700,000 on the work, which includes new water and sewer lines, according to Glenn Clarida with Clarida and Ziegler Engineering.

He said the city could have saved some money with concrete but that would have ruined the block's historic value.

He also said removing the bricks would have bothered the Illinois Historical Preservation Society.

"If we had tried to put a concrete street back in place of it, then we would have had a much more difficult path to tread," Clarida said.

Crews will also be out repaving the sidewalks on Market Street between Marion Street and Allen Avenue. They're mostly using concrete but they're also putting down 102 personalized bricks in the sidewalk sold by Marion High School student Rece Roper.

Crews hope to have the work wrapped up by the end of October, weather permitting.

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