Improvements coming to parts of Sheridan Road

By Katherine Tellez

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria is playing catch-up on its infrastructure repairs and improvements.

This time, Sheridan Road between Richmond and McClure is getting a make-over

Right now, Sheridan is four lanes with parking on either side of the street -- depending on the time of day.

But city engineer Scott Reeise said that doesn't really work.

He said most people treat it as one big lane in each direction and drive down the center.

The project is still in the design phase and there are currently two ideas on the table.

But after the first of many public hearings, both the city and residents are leaning toward one option that includes one lane in each direction with bike lanes and a center left turn lane.

"Our goal is to make the urban core of the city pedestrian and bicyclist friendly. So it's equalizing out the car with the bicycle with the pedestrian," Reeise said.

Construction on the Sheridan project is expected to begin in 2016 and would last about a year.

The city also plans to replace two bridges that run over Dry Run Creek -- one on Sheridan and the other on Nebraska.