Northmoor Road construction will limit traffic

By WEEK Producer

June 13, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- There was the usual traffic on Northmoor Road Friday. But come Monday the section between Sheridan Road and University Avenue will be closed for improvements.

"Its going to be (turned into) a three-lane road with sidewalks on both sides and street lights," said Jeff Smith, interim director of the Peoria Public Works Department. "There will also be ) a wall on the south side of the project that will provide some screening, as well as retaining of earth for the neighborhood to the south."

The $3-million project will be similar to the now-completed improvements made to the section of Northmoor between Knoxville and Sheridan.

Federal funding will cover half the cost, with the other half shared by the city of Peoria and Peoria County.

A temporary access road has been created to accommodate residents who live on streets connecting to Northmoor within the construction zone.

"Its worth the headache because my children have walked home from school and other children will still be walking home from school and I feel its very dangerous along Northmoor not to have sidewalks," said resident Jennifer Suau.

There will also be retaining walls, which will reduce noise and maintain privacy for residents are also being built.

"We went to some of the neighborhood meetings and somebody suggested more of a concrete wall," Smith said. "We investigated and that's basically what was selected. It isn't exactly like the sound walls along Interstate-74 but its fairly similar."

The new phase of Northmoor Road construction will be completed this fall. Then, it won't be until 2017 that work begins on the stretch of Northmoor west of University.