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Road construction has caused headaches all summer across the Quad Cities.

From sewer work on River Drive to bridge painting on I-74.

But six cities in Illinois will team up to ease those construction barriers while improving their sewers.

We've seen it all before, road construction slowing us down.

But there's a plan to speed up some projects saving us all time and money.

By pooling their projects together the cities of Rock Island, East Moline, Moline, Silvis, Coal Valley, and Cambridge are able to get a lower rate for their sewer lining program. Allowing them to get more work done without making an intrusive construction zone.

Some of the work you'll never see.

"When they'll do it they'll put their equipment down in the sewer pipe, and if everything goes the way it should people shouldn't even know what's going on," says East Moline Engineering Director Tim Kammler.

He says that's a lot easier on homes and businesses in a construction zone. Because relining allows a city to avoid digging up roads.

"Anytime you've got an open cut trench everybody sees it, everybody has got to deal with the inconvenience," says Kammler.

And relining a sewer costs much less than digging up a road to put in a new pipe. 30 dollars a foot, compared to 80. It's not the first time the Illinois Quad Cities have teamed up. But they keep adding new partners. Driving the relining cost down further.

"The more feet the more miles of sewer you do the lower the cost is."

Kammler says East Moline will reline one mile of sewer pipe this year. But he knows there's more to be done.

"We're old river towns, a lot of the infrastructure we have is 60, 70, 80 years old."

Once each city signs off on the intergovernmental agreement the projects can move forward. And construction is expected to start this fall.

Each city will take turns having its sewer repair work done.

The relining projects should be wrapped up before Christmas.

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