The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has identified the need for an extensive roadway improvement along Illinois Route 9 and has included funding for the improvement of US 150 / IL 9 from east of I-74 to east of Royal Pointe Drive in Bloomington in the current FY 2019 – FY 2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program. This includes the one-way couple of Locust Street (eastbound) and Empire Street (westbound). As the first step, IDOT is completing a Phase I preliminary study to establish general design details for the project.
The anticipated work generally consists of milling and resurfacing the pavement, removing and replacing curb and sidewalks in poor condition, upgrading sidewalk curb ramps to current ADA standards, modernizing traffic signal equipment, and adding pedestrian and bicycle accommodations where feasible. Widening or narrowing of the current pavement is generally not anticipated. There may be some minor widening at intersections or other isolated locations.
One of the key changes currently proposed with this project is the addition of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along a significant portion of Route 9. In some locations, such as east of Towanda Avenue, this is accomplished by building a separate multi-use path along the north side of the road. In other areas, bike lanes are proposed to be added to the existing street. Because IDOT does not anticipate widening the road, adding these bike lanes will sometimes result in the removal of on-street parking. Please click here for a map showing a summary of the changes to parking and additional bike lanes and here for a table summarizing the changes block by block. Based on IDOT’s preliminary plan set and aerial information, the City estimates approximately 17,850 feet of additional bike lanes and a net loss of between 200 and 250 parking spaces associated with the state’s proposed bike lane configuration. Route 9 is a state route, and, while the state requests consent from the City, it is not necessary for the project to proceed. The City held a Public Open House on July 11, 2019, to gain feedback on the proposal in advance of providing a City response to IDOT. Please click here for the project information handout from this meeting.
The files below show the work that is currently being proposed. Please note that these are preliminary and subject to change as the study is completed.
There is not a set schedule at this time for the construction work. As IDOT finishes this Phase 1 study, they will determine how much the total project will cost and start breaking it into sections that match construction funding. It could possibly be split into as many as 4 or 5 construction contracts spaced potentially a year or two apart. IDOT currently has some money planned for this project during the 2019-2024 programming window.
The City of Bloomington partners with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through a Municipal Maintenance Agreement to address maintenance of State jurisdiction roadways within the City's corporate limits. The City of Bloomington is responsible for “routine maintenance” of some of the state roads in the community. However, more extensive repairs and improvements, such as the above improvements to Illinois Route 9, are the responsibility of IDOT.