Public Works announces University Street, between Forrest Hill Avenue and War Memorial Drive, has been fully reopened to traffic today, just in time for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, all this week! Initially, the pavement will have temporary pavement striping, until the sidewalks and permanent striping are completed the week of November 28th.
All commercial business access points from this newly resurfaced and upgraded roadway have been permanently reopened as of early November. The improvement of this section completes 5.25 miles of University Street upgrades between Nebraska Avenue and Pioneer Parkway, first begun by the City in 2006.
The 21 new Ornamental Street lights will be fully functional before evening today. Ameren has begun changing out the large wood poles on the east side of University Street, and 4 poles are currently replaced with more aesthetic and structurally sound composite poles. The remaining wood poles on the east side of the roadway will be replaced early in 2017 with poles similar to the black composite poles already installed on University Street at Hudson Street and several other nearby intersections.
The City of Peoria thanks the traveling public and the adjacent commercial business owners for their patience during this important infrastructure improvement. Please contact the Project Engineer, Stephen Letsky, PE, at (309) 494-8800, if you have questions regarding this release.