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The projects listed below are either pending public input and council approval or have stages planned for the future.  

Empire Street at Fairway Drive

An informal open house style meeting will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 to inform local residents and other interested persons about the proposed intersection improvement project. It will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and offer input regarding the proposed project. The meeting will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the United States Postal Service, 1211 Towanda Avenue, Bloomington, IL.

 

Project Information
Fairway Drive is tentatively scheduled to beEmpire and Fairway Intersection resurfaced with asphalt in 2018. The intersection of Fairway and Empire and the north Frontage Road is currently problematic and will be further complicated with the introduction of the proposed bike lanes called for in the City’s adopted Bicycle Master Plan. Therefore, the City consulted with Lochmueller Group to study if there was a solution that would make this intersection function more safely and efficiently for all users.

The recommended solution includes a number of changes to Fairway Drive at this intersection:

1) A raised median will be constructed on the north leg of the intersection (similar to the existing south leg). Turn lanes will be extended to adequate lengths to accommodate the traffic. These improvements will greatly reduce the conflicting movements in the intersection and help it operate considerably smoother. The trade-off for this advantage is that the frontage road will be restricted to right-in/right-out movements.

2) Bike lanes will be added.

3) The lane configuration would be modified to provide a single southbound through lane across Empire Street to provide space for new bicycle lanes in each direction. The lane configuration for the northbound approach would remain unchanged; however, the raised median would need to be reconstructed due to a shift in alignment created by the bicycle lanes.

4) A new pedestrian crossing and associated sidewalk will be provided across the South Frontage Road.

5) There is an option to consider a roundabout at Robinhood Lane in the future. This would provide a convenient turnaround for northbound traffic. This is not planned in the near future.

Click here to download a PDF of improvement options that will be presented at the meeting.

Click here to download a PDF of the comment form for this project.

Comments may also be emailed to: LThoele@cityblm.org (Please include “Fairway and Empire” in the subject line and provide your name and complete mailing address)

 

Fox creek rd & bridge improvements: danbury to beich

A public meeting was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to discuss the feasibility study and the proposed alternatives for this project at the Pepper Ridge Elementary School. The meeting included a presentation (click here to download presentation) followed by a period for questions and answers. 

Five alternate designs were considered in the feasibility study. The two best alternates 2 & 4 were presented in detail. This project is a collaboration between the consultant, City staff and the public.  Public input is encouraged using this form or send an e-mail to FoxCreekRoad@benesch.com. Comments need to be turned in by March 25, 2015. The following exhibits were on display: 

                          Alternate 2         Detail         Large Map

                          Alternate 4         Detail         Large Map 

                                     Rendering of Both Alternates                                            

The Fox Creek Road Bridge replacement is being proposed to provide pedestrian and bike access over the Union Pacific railroad and to increase the safety and capacity of Fox Creek Road. 

Approximately 60% of the bridge replacement costs are eligible for reimbursement from the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) Grade Crossing Protection Fund (GCPF). The most recent GCPF construction schedule shows the Fox Creek project programmed in the ICC’s FY 2018 budget which begins on 7/1/2017. This timing will likely result in a late Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 construction start.

 

Traffic Signals

A public meeting was held on Monday, December 1, 2014 from 6-8 pm in the gym at Stevenson Elementary School. The meeting included a presentation and question/answer session followed by an open house format to review and discuss information about the intersection improvements at: 

  • Hershey Road @ Arrowhead Drive
  • Hershey Road @ Clearwater Avenue

The following PDF documents contain information presented at the meeting:

Public Presentation Slides

Meeting Handout

Public Feedback Form due by 12/8/2014

These traffic signals are budgeted using MFT - Motor Fuel Tax Funds and planned for construction in 2015.

 

 Planning and design is under way for traffic signals at the following intersections:

  • Keaton Place / Auto Row Drive @ General Electric Road
  • Towanda Avenue @ Vernon Avenue

Some parts of the existing traffic signals at Towanda Avenue and Vernon Avenue date back to the mid 1970's when this intersection was first constructed.  This is a joint project with the Town of Normal utilizing MFT funds.

These traffic signals are budgeted using MFT - Motor Fuel Tax Funds and tentatively planned for construction in 2016.

 

Lutz Road Improvements

Planning and design is under way for some basic widening and drainage improvements for Lutz Road between Morris Avenue and the entrance to Luther Oaks.  The design is funded using the City's Capital Improvement Fund.

Benjamin School Trail in the Grove Subdivision - Grant Application

A Safe Routes to School Grant in the amount of $160,000 has been awarded to the City to fund the design and construction of a trail that will connect homes on the west side of Kickapoo Creek to the Benjamin Elementary School.  The local match is $40,000.

 

LINDEN STREET BRIDGE Improvements

Planning and design work is under way to replace the Linden Street Bridge deck just north of Emerson Street.  Currently this 4 lane bridge is restricted to one lane each direction because of structural concerns at the center of the bridge. 

 

HAMILTON ROAD: BUNN ST TO COMMERCE PKWY 

Phase I engineering, planning and preliminary design work is under way in an effort to complete the 4 lane Hamilton Road arterial from Bunn Street on the west to Commerce Parkway on the east. This project includes crossing the Norfolk Southern Railway.

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