Donations Provide Enhancements...
Paris Beacon-News, May 24, 2010
By Jenny Barkley
New surfaces on roadway sections have been installed in Edgar Cemetery, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
“These improvements to the cemetery’s roadways were made possible through a generous bequest and donation that we received,” said Jim Englum, president of the Edgar Cemetery Board of Directors.
“Such gifts help make it possible to complete necessary road projects, as well as meet other expenses and upkeep as needed," Englum continued.
Monday and Tuesday crews from Illiana Asphalt connected existing concrete roadways with new asphalt surfaces. In the process, several gravel roadways were improved.
The cemetery will remain open during the paving and curing, but the roads with the new applications will be closed for two days, according to Englum.
Englum emphasized that people should not drive on these new roadways for at least 48 hours, or until the barriers are removed by cemetery staff.
The roads involved are near the north entrance on High Street, connecting existing concrete stretches by the asphalt, and at the south Main Entrance, recoating from the “Y” to Veterans Circle.
A total of 180 tons of asphalt was used on the 12 foot wide, 3-inch thick surfaces.
“The attractive asphalt roadways will provide weatherproof roads for all seasons,” said Englum about the new surfaces.