PEORIA — Along with budding trees and blooming flowers, warmer weather has also brought the orange construction cones out of hibernation.
Work began this week on a bevy of construction projects across the region. Others will follow in coming weeks.
Among them will be repairs on the northernmost portion of University Street and the completion of the long-running Northmoor Road project. Crews were setting up Monday morning for work on bridge repairs at U.S. Route 24 and Illinois Route 116 in Tazewell County, and it might take a little longer to get to Peoria's airport.
Much of the work will bring lane reductions or closures, if not route detours.
"We ask everyone to use alternate routes if possible, but if you have to travel in these construction zones … please use caution, and allow for extra time that may be needed to navigate through (them)," Peoria's city engineer, Bill Lewis, said of construction here.
Among the projects on tap this year overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the city of Peoria and Peoria County, according to officials at each, are:
City of Peoria
North University Street from Pioneer Parkway to Townline Road will see a complete reconstruction this year, city engineer Bill Lewis said.
The final section of the long-running Northmoor Road project will see most work completed this year, between Allen Road and Imperial Drive. It will include road work as well as building two large retaining walls between Warwick Drive and West Kensington Drive.
All lanes of traffic should be open in November, but some minor clean-up work may be completed next spring on both projects.
Similar clean-up landscaping work and a few other minor bits of road work will occur this year to finalize the MacArthur Bridge rebuild city officials conducted last year. Impact to traffic should be minimal, Lewis said.
Travelers going to the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport can expect work on Dirksen Parkway from Airport Road to Middle Road. Peoria County received federal highway funds to help cover the cost of the project, county engineer Amy McLaren said.
Two bridges along county highways will be replaced this year. One is on Richwoods Boulevard in Kickapoo Township; the other is on Shaffer Road in Elmwood Township.
Shoulder and ditch improvements along part of Kickapoo Edwards Road between Interstate 74 and Illinois Route 8 will be done. The work is partially funded by IDOT safety funds.
Interstates and state highways
Traffic on Interstate 474 will be down to one lane in each direction near Bartonville because of bridge rehab work on three twin structures. At some points, the westbound ramp off I-474 to U.S. Route 24 and the on-ramp from northbound Adams Street to eastbound I-474 will be closed. Work is set to be done by late 2019 at a cost of $11.7 million.
Work begins this week on Farmington Road near the Kickapoo Creek Road intersection for bridge reconstruction and intersection realignment and widening. Traffic will at times be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers. The north side of the Kickapoo Creek Road intersection will be closed by early summer, and work will continue through the end of next year at a cost of $10 million.
Resurfacing work, traffic signal and drainage improvements and work to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act will take place on Northeast Adams Street and a portion of Northeast Jefferson Street from Abington Street to War Memorial Drive, and will run through late September.
Traffic at U.S. Route 24 and Illinois Route 116 in East Peoria will be down to one lane in each direction for bridge repair, with work expected to be done in October.
Work on Illinois Route 40 in East Peoria, including bridge repair on Camp Street, and both over and on Washington Street, will see traffic reduced to one lane in each direction on Washington. There will also be lane reductions on Camp Street. Work should be completed in November.
Along I-74 in Peoria County from milepost 82 to 71, road rehab work will start in late March or early April and reduce traffic to one lane in each direction for up to 5 miles at a stretch, with work running through late April.
Around the area
Traffic signals are being installed on U.S. Route 24 at Cameron Lane after a number of accidents there. Traffic is down to one lane in each direction, but work should be complete by the end of March.
Interstate 39 from just north of U.S. Route 24 to the McLean County line will see resurfacing and bridge repair, with traffic down to one lane in each direction. The project's cost is about $13 million.
Pavement reconstruction continues along Interstate 74 from Carlock to Deer Creek over about 11 miles. Most work will be in the westbound lanes, with two-way traffic moved to the eastbound lanes. Work will run through November 2020 and cost about $57 million.
In Marshall County, Illinois Route 18 near Illinois Route 26 will see construction, with traffic down to one lane and controlled by signals. Work is expected to run from mid-April through August.