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ALTON — Workers Thursday drove steel pipes into the ground at the base of the elevated freeway along Illinois 143 west of Cpl. Chris Belchik Memorial Highway in Alton.

The highway is built next to the industrial levee protecting Alton. The pipes are part of the District of Wood River Levee’s $6.5 million work to install new relief wells and modify some old ones.

Work began in early January. On Thursday, real progress could be observed in the low areas north of the highway. Trucks loaded with additional pipes were also arriving at the site on Thursday.


The project, known as Mel Price Flood Control Reach 1, is designed to fix under-seepage issues identified several years ago. Meyer Contracting of Maple Grove, Minnesota is the general contractor for the project.

Work should be completed by mid-August.


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