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IDOT hosts open forum on a proposed repair project for US 24 and Spring Creek Road

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The Illinois Department of Transportation shared with the public their plans to make what many have described as a dangerous intersection near Washington a little safer. IDOT hosted an open house March 1 to outline improvements they plan to make at US 24 and Spring Creek Road.

IDOT detailed the project need and the project description below:

The US 24 Phase I Study developed improvement plans for approximately 0.32 miles on US 24 just east of Business 24 near Washington, Illinois. This segment of US 24 is classified as an Other Principal Arterial, Class II Truck Route with an average daily traffic volume of 16,100 vehicles per day (vpd) in 2017. Spring Creek Road is classified as a Minor Collector with an average daily traffic volume of 1,600 vpd (2014) for Spring Creek road (south) and 2,550 vpd (2014) for Spring Creek Road (north). The project is in Tazewell County between Business 24 and N. Cummings Lane at the intersection of Spring Creek Road and US 24. The purpose of the improvements in this segment includes improving safety and widening Spring Creek Road. The intersection US 24 and Spring Creek Road has been identified as a 5% high accident location, and for that reason, the project is proposed in order to improve safety at the intersection. 

Existing US 24 has left-turn lanes in both directions at the intersection. In the fall of 2017, the ability to cross US 24 at Spring Creek road was removed with the use of delineators and striping as a temporary improvement. The proposal shown at the meeting today is a permanent improvement to be installed at the intersection. 

The following improvements are proposed:

  • Left-turn acceleration lane for southbound Spring Creek Road to eastbound US 24
  • Left-turn deceleration for eastbound US 24 to northbound Spring Creek Road
  • Providing 4'-10' paved shoulders and 3'-6' aggregate shoulders
  • improving sight distance in the EB and WB lanes
  • Removal of WB left-turn lane
  • Removal of through movement across US 24
  • Extending crossroad culverts to provide wider shoulders on Spring Creek Road
  • N. Spring Creek Road movements will be limited to WB right-turn and EB left-turn (no through movement)
  • S. Spring Creek Road movements will be limited to right-in and right-out turns (no through movement)
  • Concrete islands on S. Spring Creek Road restricting left-turn and through traffic
  • Adding storm sewers and pipe culverts
  • Adding concrete median on WB US 24 at Spring Creek Road restricting left-turn traffic to S. Spring Creek Road and the ability to cross US 24
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