Residents in Wood River have noticed an increase in the amount of dust in the air over the past few months as work continues on the city's stormwater separation project.

The $8-million project is expected to alleviate raw sewage from flooding into the streets and basements of homes bordered by Sixth Street, 14th Street, Illinois Route 143 and the village of Roxana.

Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert says that he knows the residents are upset about dust but promises that they will get things done as quickly as possible.

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Ufert also says that crews are actually 3 months ahead of schedule on the project that was scheduled to take two years to finish.

The mayor also says that the contract for first phase of the street scape project was awarded to RCS Construction and that crews will begin work sometime in July.

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