Ice, snow and frigid temperatures this winter have caused the work on the expansion of the Bethalto Sports Complex to come to a standstill but Village leaders are still optimistic about when the fields could be ready for play. The Village Board approved a nearly $458,000 bid from RCS Construction to cover the pavement work and the construction of a bridge connecting the two phases of the complex during last week's meeting.

Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow says the winning bid came in about $43,000 under the estimated cost and that the project as a whole is roughly $120,000 under budget so far.

However, Winslow admits that the project has fallen behind because of the weather.

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Winslow says the delay rules out any play on the baseball diamonds this summer but he remains optimistic that the soccer and football fields could be ready for use this fall.

Once completed, the facility will feature four additional multi-use baseball diamonds, a football field, a soccer field, parking lots, a new road connecting to Stadium Drive and a bridge connecting the new portion to the existing sports complex.


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