New Look for Monmouth’s Public Square Coming 2024!

The project will offer three main benefits: slowing down traffic around the Public Square where the city’s two major streets, Broadway and Main, intersect; providing more parking spaces in the vicinity; and beautifying the area through green spaces and new benches and lighting.

Slower traffic around a more scenic Public Square and additional downtown parking spaces are among the highlights of a multi-million-dollar project set to get underway in 2024 in Monmouth.

One of the engineers helping to complete the “generational” project for the City of Monmouth presented a detailed look at the plans Monday afternoon.

Shane Larson, senior vice president at Hutchison Engineering Inc. in Jacksonville, Illinois, spoke to the Monmouth Rotary Club about the city’s “Historic Downtown Square Revitalization.”

“This is a generational project that will change the face of Monmouth for decades to come,” said Monmouth City Manager Lou Steinbrecher, who introduced Larson to the Rotarians at their regular meeting at the Monmouth Country Club.

Steinbrecher said the project is “five years in the making,” explaining that Monmouth had twice attempted to secure a grant for the project through a Transportation Enhancement Program offered through the Illinois Department of Transportation. Steinbrecher and his staff then secured a $3 million grant through IDOT’s Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

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