Six blocks of downtown Peoria to be off limits to motorists, pedestrians

By WEEK Producer

Six blocks of downtown Peoria to be off limits to motorists, pedestrians

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Six city blocks will be closed to motorists and pedestrians on Saturday because of a sign removal project.

Hardin Signs will be coordinating the removal of the old Associated Bank Building signs located at 125 NE Jefferson Avenue.

This activity will be handled by Midwest Helicopter Airways. According to Midwest Helicopter Airways, the FAA regulation states that streets and sidewalks are required to be closed to insure public safety during a helicopter operation.

Friday evening, January 18, 2013, parking restrictions will begin to take place. Meters will be bagged in the immediate helicopter zone, which includes: Hamilton Boulevard between Jefferson Avenue and NE Madison Avenue; Jefferson Avenue in front of the Associated Bank Building.

The corner of NE Madison Avenue and Hamilton Boulevard adjacent to the parking lot A portion of the parking lot located at the corner of NE Madison and Hamilton Boulevard will be closed, which will be used as the landing zone for the helicopter.

Starting at 6:30 a.m., January 19 the following streets will be closed:
On Hamilton Boulevard closed from NE Monroe Street to NE Adams Street; Jefferson Avenue closed from Main Street to Fayette Street, with southbound Jefferson Avenue traffic detoured at Spalding Avenue to NE Monroe Street, and;
NE Madison Avenue closed from Main Street to Fayette Street, with southbound Madison Avenue traffic detoured at Spalding Avenue to NE Monroe Street.

The restrictions will be in place until the helicopter has left the downtown area, noon at latest. Please plan your travels accordingly by following the detour around this activity zone.

Safety personnel will be stationed on the ground throughout the zone to ensure no pedestrian or vehicles are active during the lift. Pedestrians are restricted from this zone.