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Why a pedestrian bridge over Main is a bad idea

On Thursday, the City of Peoria held a public meeting to discuss ways to redesign the intersection of Main and University. A hundred-year-old water main recently broke there, and while patching has been done, there need to be more extensive repairs made that requires the whole intersection be rebuilt. Since it’s being redone anyway, […]

Press Release: City of Peoria’s Infrastructure Design Standard Meeting scheduled

I thought my readers would be interested in this press release I just received from the City of Peoria:

(Peoria, IL)­­—The public is invited to attend the City of Peoria’s Infrastructure Design Standards meeting to discuss the content and implementation of an improved set of public infrastructure standards. The City’s design standards have remained […]

Passenger Rail or Eastern Bypass?

Of course the title of this post need not be an either/or question. But I pose the question that way because I want to draw some contrasts between the two projects.

Peoria currently has four automobile bridges across the Illinois River (McClugage, Murray Baker, Bob Michel, and Cedar Street). Peoria does not currently have […]

Peoria City Council Special Meeting 7-19-2011 (Live Blog)

UPDATE: Here’s the audio from the meeting, as promised:

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

There’s a special meeting (policy session) of the Peoria City Council tonight, and I’ll be live-blogging it. I’ll also put a recording of the meeting up once the meeting is over. All the council members are here except second-district council member Barbara Van Auken. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about the Washington Street corridor — specifically, what section of the street to work on improving first. After a short introduction by Patrick Urich (City Manager), the floor is opened to anyone who wants to address the council.

Continue reading Peoria City Council Special Meeting 7-19-2011 (Live Blog)

People are richer in the fifth district

At the last City Council meeting, the council discussed the Pioneer Parkway extension project, which would extend Pioneer Parkway from Allen Road three miles west to Trigger Road, crossing Routes 6 and 91 along the way. The objection was raised that we’ve been unable to adequately maintain the streets we currently have (in all […]

Can’t maintain the roads we have. Let’s build more!

On the City Council agenda Tuesday night is a request to spend another $87,369 toward the Pioneer Parkway Extension project.

The extension of Pioneer Parkway is a planned, new, major arterial roadway that will support projected development of the area identified for coordinated, beneficial growth management by the City of Peoria, Peoria County, and […]

Straight talk on roundabouts

There was a lot of discussion about roundabouts at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and most of the information came from a report written by the City’s Public Works department. I acquired a copy of the report, and found it well-written and persuasive:

Allen Road and Hickory Grove Road Intersection Improvement

Construction Costs Farnsworth Group, […]

Our accessible city

Recently seen in downtown Peoria (photos courtesy of Gary Sandberg):

All well and good. Let’s just head over to the other side of the street:

Oh look, there’s a fence, and no place to walk! So, what’s a pedestrian to do?

Walk down the middle of street, of […]

Quote of the Day

[Motorists] only perceive congestion as a problem they face rather than a problem they cause, and they cannot imagine changing their own travel patterns to benefit others.

–Todd Litman, Planetizen

When I read this, I immediately thought of all the angry reaction from motorists when Peoria restriped Main Street earlier this year. Litman’s article […]

Orange Prairie Road extension: State-funded sprawl

On Thursday night (7/15), the City of Peoria hosted an open house for the Orange Prairie Road Extension project. They distributed a handout which you can see by clicking here (PDF).

The first question to ask is: Why are we building a new road in the middle of a cornfield on the northwest […]