Drivers not happy with the new Main and University intersection

By Katherine Tellez

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria's newly renovated Main and University intersection has only been open since Monday and already drivers aren't happy.

"Isn't this ridiculous."

"This doesn't make any sense."

That was the consensus of most drivers going through the intersection during the afternoon rush.

The intersection was redesigned to make it more pedestrian friendly.

Those on foot are happy but drivers are frustrated.

"They made a big mistake, they should have just left it alone... fix the water main break but as far as this one way stuff. I'm going to have to find a new route. I can't wait," said one driver.

Many drivers said it took them around ten minutes to get through the intersection.

And that's not the only complaint. Drivers said they don't understand what the extra lane is for.

"I saw this lane and I thought it was the turn lane and I thought 'wow this is great.' But it's not, and now I got to find someone to let me in," said a confused driver.

City Engineer Scott Reeise said that lane is for parking and will be marked soon.

He also said they have been monitoring the intersections and the longest drivers will have to sit at a light is 2.5 minutes, the length of a full cycle.

So we decided to try it ourselves.

After two light cycles and four minutes eight seconds, we got through the intersection.

Reeise said they have received some complaints but that the situation is not considered a gridlock and the department does not see this intersection as a failure.

"It's really nothing we didn't expect," Reeise said. "It's a trade-off. We're trading some of the car efficiency for pedestrian safety."

Reeise added that they are constantly changing signal timing and it's a good possibility that the light will stay green longer in the future.

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