State and city working to improve Peoria streets

By Katherine Tellez

June 26, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Millions of dollars is headed to Peoria for road improvements.

Governor Pat Quinn announced that $12.3 million will be allocated for improvements on Allen Road.

Allen Road and Alta Lane will be reconstructed from north of Townline Road to south of Alta Road.

That includes re-doing the bridge that travels over Route 6 and creating a tunnel for the Rock Island bike trail.

The plan for what's known as the "dangerous curve" on Allen Road will be turned into a "T" intersection.

Just up the street, the city is working on its own project.

Currently the Allen and Alta Road intersection is a four-way stop, but there have been complaints that it gets backed up during peak hours.

There are three options on the table: turn it into a three-lane intersection with a stoplight, create a one-lane roundabout, or do nothing.

A majority of the conversation during Thursday night's public meeting focused on roundabouts.

"No energy. No oil being consumed. We don't have to worry about foreign oil being used to run a roundabout," said an area resident who uses the Allen and Alta Roads intersection daily. "So give it a try. They're scary the first time you use them. But (after) the second time, third time; they're wonderful."

While most people liked the idea of the roundabout, many say it needs to be more than one lane.

The cost for the Allen and Alta roads project is expected to be around $3 million.

The next step is choosing a design.

Construction should being in the spring of 2015 and be completed by Thanksgiving.

Construction on Allen Road and Alta Lane is expected to start this summer.

The city want to time it so Allen Road is closed for both projects at the same time.

Allen Road is expected to be closed for six months starting next summer.