Stewart: $1 million grant funds West Empire Street project

FREEPORT – A major thoroughfare in Freeport has a new look and safety upgrades, thanks to a $1 million state grant secured by State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) for West Empire Street.

The 45th District Senator joined community leaders and residents Sept. 30 in celebrating the official opening of the refurbished West Empire Street in Freeport.

“It’s an honor to represent Freeport in the Illinois Senate,” Stewart said at the ribbon-cutting of the ceremonial reopening of West Empire Street. “The citizens sent me to Springfield as their Senator to support legislation beneficial for our region, and be their advocate for projects that improve the quality of life for our residents and businesses.”

Stewart said he worked with the City of Freeport, Mayor Jodi Miller and City Manager Randy Bukas to secure the $1 million state grant for Empire Street. He said 9,000 vehicles utilize the street daily and 75 percent of city residents drive on the street regularly.

“It helps with the safety of the students and faculty at Empire School, and those traveling to Freeport High School and Carl Sandburg School,” Stewart said. “It helps with the tourism experience for out-of-town visitors at Little Cubs Field. It makes for a better experience for all those kids and families who utilize the baseball diamonds at Read Park, and it helps businesses such as Manny’s Pizza and Cannova’s.”

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