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: