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Collinsville To Receive Federal Funds for Clay Street Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Jackson   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:07


Collinsville To Receive $987,000 for Clay Street Project - Phase I


Governor Pat Quinn announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois.  The funding is through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) - a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related projects.


The ITEP program is designed to promote alternative transportation options, including bike and pedestrian travel, along with streetscape beautification. The federal funds are awarded competitively, and any local or state government is eligible to apply. Local matching funds are required, and work must begin on the projects within three years. For the current round of funding, the Illinois Department of Transportation received 232 applications requesting ITEP federal funding totaling nearly $260.5 million.


The City of Collinsville will receive $987,000 for Clay Street Phase I Streetscape Improvements.  These improvements include curb and sidewalk reconstruction to conform to current ADA guidelines, construction of decorative crosswalks, and installation of historic decorative pedestrian lighting as well as decorative signing, striping and planting of street trees. The project will be done in conjunction with resurfacing improvements along the same route.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 10:08
Catsup Bottle Named as a "Wackiest Roadside Attraction" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Jackson   
Friday, 11 April 2014 12:04


Catsup Bottle Named as a "Wackiest Roadside Attraction"


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The Catsup Bottle (800 South Morrison Ave - Collinsville, IL)

The world's largest bottle of ketchup remains in Collinsville, Illinois even after the bottlers of Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup left town in the 1970s.


This 170-foot-tall water tower was built in 1949 for the G.S. Suppiger ketchup-bottling plant, the bottlers of Brooks.  The bottle reads "catsup" after the original Brooks bottle.  


Plan your road trip in July and attend the annual Catsup Bottle Festival, featuring a hot-dog-eating contest, ketchup tasting and crowning of Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup.


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