The construction on the walkway and ramp redesign has begun. The cost of the project turned out to be much higher than the Board was counseled to anticipate. Out of the four bids received, Rockford Structures Construction Company possessed the lowest bid of $199,000 and were awarded the project. The first phase of the project will entail the steps and landscaping facing Blackhawk Blvd. The second phase will address the remaining hillside along the northeast side of the parking lot, the steps from the parking lot, and the present ramp. During the first phase of the project, the current ramp will be the main access point to the library allowing the front entrance door to still be utilized. For safety concerns, there may be times during the project when an alternate entrance in the rear of the building may need to be used. Throughout this venture, parking in the northeast end of the lot will be impacted. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the calendar year. Upon completion of the project, the new walkway will provide a more manageable and visually appealing entrance to the library for members of the South Beloit community.
We look forward to seeing the new walkway and signage!