Community gives ideas for reconstruction at popular intersection

By Celsy Martindale

Community gives ideas for reconstruction at popular intersection

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- An open discussion Thursday night may lead to a whole new concept for the reconstruction at the intersection of Main and University in Peoria.

Since this month's water main break, the city of Peoria has had a lot to consider for a permanent fix.

Public Works presented solutions at the meeting Thursday, but mainly listened to the community's input.

The main concern was how to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and vehicles.

There is no set design for the reconstruction yet, but Public Works Director Mike Rogers says getting started on the project right away is the main goal.

"If we're going to finish this by the winter, we have to do things differently. This may be a concept of design-build, so when we're talking about creativity and doing things differently, you may see this whole project being done in a different manner completely," said Mike Rogers, Peoria Public Works Director.

"When this meeting came up a bunch of us were like 'okay this is perfect, let's talk about safety'. And reducing traffic and making it pedestrian friendly especially with the college right there," said Jessica Benassi, Main St. Business Owner.

Because of time constraints Peoria Public Works is not planning to have another open forum, but residents can leave comments online at

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