Orange Prairie as Route 91 Extension

By WEEK Producer

July 16, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM CDT

Those traveling between Dunlap and Peoria with have a more direct route to travel.

Thursday night the city of Peoria held an open house at Charter Oak school to educate residents on the Orange Prairie Extension.

Residents were able to see the preliminary plans to extend the road, which currently runs from Charter Oak to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie all the way to Dunlap.

Fifth District councilman Dan Irving says Orange Prairie will become Route 91, and the current state route will become a city road after construction is complete.

Something the councilman and area residents say will be beneficial.

"It's going to open up what I think is an initial commercial growth corridor," said Irving. "I think we're going to see residential growth on the upper one third to one half of the extension, so it's going to be a good asset for the city of Peoria."

Irving says funds to extend the road were secured by State Senator Dale Risinger.

The councilman also says construction should begin in the spring of 2011 and be complete by the middle of 2012.

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