PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) — If you’re looking for the first signs of spring, here’s a surefire signal: orange barrels are cropping up.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced four major road projects kicking off Monday across Central Illinois.
IDOT will reconstruct the U.S. 24/U.S. 150/Illinois 116 interchange this year. The work will require lane closures on eastbound 116 in East Peoria on March 18, and westbound closures on March 19. The work is expected to last through the fall.
New traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of U.S. Route 24 and Cameron Lane, just east of Mapleton, starting Monday. The intersection has been the site of numerous fatal accidents over the past several years. The work should be completed by the end of the week.
IDOT will also begin removing and replacing the bridge that carries Farmington Road over Kickapoo Creek, and widening Farmington Road on both sides of the intersection with Kickapoo Creek Road. The work should be completed by fall 2020. IDOT recommends taking an alternate route.
Workers will also be present along Interstate 474 at the Bartonville interchange next week, weather permitting. Workers will be moving and installing barrier walls.