MAPLETON, Ill. (WEEK) — The new traffic lights at U.S. Route 24 and Cameron Lane will go live tomorrow after years of work by local lawmakers looking to make the dangerous intersection safer.
After Kaitlyn Hines, 21, of Pekin was killed in an October 2017 accident at the intersection, state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) lobbied the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police to install a traffic signal at the intersection between Mapleton and the Pekin Bridge.
This is a long time coming,” said Unes. “I have heard about so many accidents and close calls at this intersection. Since late 2017, I have been relentless in insisting the state improve safety by installing traffic lights here. I made it clear that I would not relent on this project until it was completed. I appreciate the speed in which IDOT acted.”
“The tremendous amount of work Rep. Unes did, and the speed at which he was able to get this plan into action and completed was really amazing. The community is extremely grateful for his determination and persistence in making a heavily traveled area safer for everyone,” said Hollis Township Road Commissioner Dennis Beckman.
U.S. Route 24 is the major roadway connecting Peoria and Fulton counties.