Road Work On Knoxville Avenue Begins Monday

The Illinois Department of Transportation advises motorists that road construction and lane clousure will begin Monday on a portion of Knoxville Avenue in Peoria.

The lane closures will affect Knoxville from Pennsylvania Avenue to Corrington Avenue through September.

The closures are necessary so IDOT crews can perform resurfacing work on Knoxville Avenue along with minor sidewalk and traffic signal upgrades.

IDOT said for the duration of the project, Knoxville Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction with left turns only being allowed at the signalized intersections (Pennsylvania, Richmond, Nebraska, Thrush and McClure Avenues).

Work is planned to begin in the center three lanes of Knoxville Avenue. Due to the narrow nature of Knoxville Avenue and the placement of traffic control devices, traffic will be using a 9-foot-wide lane while traveling through the work zone. Traffic will remain in this configuration until approximately July 1.

When the project moves to the second phase, traffic will be placed at the center of Knoxville Avenue in a head-to-head configuration. Lane widths will increase to 10 feet wide, and left turns will remain restricted to the signalized intersections.

The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of September.

Through traffic is encouraged to use I-74 to/from War Memorial Drive (U.S. Route 150) or Illinois Route 29 (Adams Street/Jefferson Street) to/from U.S. Route 150 as alternate routes.

IDOT said motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered.

Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changing conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

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