Water main break giving city unique opportunity

By WEEK Producer

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria's Mayor said some good may actually come out of that big water main break at Main and University.

When the main broke on September 6, it caused major headaches for drivers. The intersection was closed for much of the day.

Temporary repairs have been made to re-open the intersection, but the city will need to make permanent repairs in the future.

Instead of looking on the downside, Mayor Jim Ardis said the break is giving the city a unique opportunity.

"We're going to take lemons and make lemonade out of Main and University and its going to give us an opportunity to really look at what we can do to number one make that intersection safer. We're going to sit down and with the folks of the West Bluff Council, Bradley University, the Main street business association, and the community at large to talk about what we really need to do to make that corner more vibrant, more safe," Ardis said.

Ardis said he doesn't want to give any definite timeline on when permanent repairs will be made on the intersection, but hopes to have work begin by next spring.