Elik, Bost, Maguire, CroweU.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-12th District) visited Wood River on Wednesday to announce funding for a sewer project through the Water Resources Development Act. Mayor Cheryl Maguire, state Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), and state Rep. Amy Elik (R-Fosterburg) joined Bost at Wood River City Hall to announce the project.

Most of the funding will come from the federal appropriation, Director of Public Services Steve Palen said. The federal funding authorization will help carry out six miles of sewer separation projects in Belleville and Wood River. In Wood River, it will cover an area bounded by Wood River Avenue, Old St. Louis Road, Illinois 143, and Edwardsville Road. The project will affect about 840 properties.

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Wood River native state Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) says she hopes a sewer separation project will spur new growth in the community.

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Palen expects the multi-year project to start in early 2022. Road closures won't pose a major inconvenience for residents, he said. The project's total estimated cost is about $15 million, and the city's portion of that will be $3-4 million.

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