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Western Avenue Reconstruction to Begin Mid-March

A major road overhaul is ahead for Western Avenue along Peoria’s southside beginning later this month. The multiyear, two stage Community Investment Plan (CIP) project will span from Howett to Adams Streets, however, during Stage I, workers will focus on reconstruction from West Malone Street to West Lincoln Avenue. 
Stage I will span seven blocks where four traffic lanes will be reduced to three. There will be one northbound lane and one southbound lane and a bidirectional turn lane in-between. The current road is in poor condition, however, the changes will allow for Western to become a complete street – with greater walkability, bike lanes, streetlights and green space. 
“By following the complete streets concept, we’ll be giving access to everyone,” said City Engineer Bill Lewis. “Not everyone has a vehicle – but building bike lanes and better sidewalks will broaden transportation opportunities – making it a more inclusive experience.” 

Phase I of the project is expected to take all of the 2021 construction season to complete with Stage II to follow in spring 2022. Once complete, nearly one mile of roadway will be improved. 
“This really will transform the community,” said Lewis. “I’m pleased we’re able to move forward this year, it’ll be a big improvement.” 
Expect Detours 
Area drivers will encounter a complete road closure and detours over the span of the project. Road Closed Ahead signs with barricades will be posted at Lincoln and Western Avenues and Malone Street at Western Avenue. 
Detour signs will be posted in the area in and around Howett Street, Lincoln Avenue, Griswold Street, Adams Street and Jefferson Avenue. Drivers should take extra caution and consider taking alternative routes when possible. 

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