Bloomington Public Works Department asks city for funds

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Bloomington's Public Works Department is looking for more city funds to fix certain roads.

The department is looking to decrease the wait time for southbound traffic turning right at the intersection of Towanda Barnes and Ireland Grove Road. Public Works was originally looking for $450,000 to fund the project, but at Monday nights city council meeting, the department director Jim Karch proposed they reduce the number to $370,000. Karch said the Public Works Department is concerned about the safety of drivers.

"This is the 10th most accident prone intersection in our community. It's within that top 10," said Jim Karch, Bloomington Public Works Director. "That's concerns for the city. This is the highest intersection in the county for concern from a safety prospective. We've also heard about speeding. One of the benefits of a project like this is when you have a southbound, free-flow right turn lane, that removes that stop and go, which studies have shown that does increase that propensity to speed."

City leaders approved the resolution that would give the Public Works Department the $370,000 to fix the intersection.

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