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Construction Expected To Begin In December On Calumet And Airport Road Improvements Near Centralia High School

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Centralia High School officials now know more about how the improvements to Airport Road and Calumet Street will impact the school.   

Superintendent Chuck Lane says the one year to 14 month project is scheduled to begin around September, with the actual paving work being completed next spring and summer.  He says they are excited the project is moving forward and thank the city for all of their hard work.  

"Getting a left turn lane coming down on Calumet Street into our middle entrance there is really key for us.  After school that is the area that gets backed up quite frequently. To have a turn lane almost the length from nearly the west side exit to the middle is going to be key for us. Getting a turn lane over on Airport Road turning south into our back entrance will be good for us too," said Lane.

Lane says the electronic sign in front of the school should not have to be removed.  He reports the only thing the district will lose in the right of way agreement is the roadside ditch.  The board voted to accepted $1,500 for the sale of right of way on the Calumet Street side of their property and $900 for the Airport Road right of way.  The district will also receive a $300 payment for a temporary easement.  

Lane says city officials have indicated they only have a few property owners remaining to work out easement agreements and they do not expect any problems that would delay the start of the improvement project.  

The board approved it's amended budget for the year ending June 30th.  Lane says if all money owed by the state had been received from the state prior to June 30th, the district would be $11,000 to the good.  However, without those payments the district will show a $400,000 deficit at the end of the fiscal year.   

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