State to upgrade signals at Bowman/I-74 interchange

DANVILLE — The state plans to replace the three-way stop at the intersection of South Bowman Avenue and the Interstate 74 eastbound entrance and exit ramps with a stop light.

City Engineer David Schnelle said the Illinois Department of Transportation has decided a stop light is necessary. The large three-way-stop intersection involves traffic moving in four directions, northbound and southbound traffic on Bowman Avenue as well as traffic entering and exiting the interstate.

Schnelle said he's not sure whether the state has accident data to support its decision, but either way, that's what's being planned. He said, especially in the mornings, there is a significant amount of traffic that exits the interstate there and backs up at the three-way stop . And, he said, drivers don't always recognize that they need to stop there.

Schnelle said the state will be paying for the stop lights to be placed there and will maintain them.

Although the project does not require city funds, Schnelle said an agreement between the city and state is still necessary, and the city council's public works committee will consider that agreement at its meeting Tuesday night. The public works committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 17 W. Main St., Danville.

Also, Tuesday night, the committee will consider a proposal to spend about $74,000 upgrading equipment on a televising truck that has robotic cameras used to inspect the inside of the city's sewer lines.

Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said the technology on the truck, which was bought in 2003, needs upgrading, including the software and hardware, such as the camera, that are used to inspect the lines and identify blockages or areas that need work. He said the equipment is critical to identifying most significant sewer problems.

Also, the committee will consider a funding agreement with the state for the Lincoln Park Shared Use Path project.

About $1.2 million in federal funds have already been appropriated through the state for the project, which requires a local match. The city has earmarked about $344,000 in local motor fuel tax dollars for the project.

Schnelle said this agreement that the committee will consider Tuesday puts in writing the funding agreement for engineering costs and construction costs of the 10-foot-wide path that would run west along English Street from Jackson Street to the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, and south on Logan Avenue to Williams Street. The city has most recently been negotiating permanent and temporary easements along the route to gain the small portions of property necessary to build the path that would be separate from the streets.

Schnelle said the earliest construction could begin on the path would be this fall, but a spring start date is probably more realistic.

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