PEORIA – Wednesday marked two days since the intersection at University and Main streets in reopened, garnering a full spectrum of responses from the community.
We're continuing to monitor the development there and at some of the surrounding intersections.
Malakai Szczepaniak lives just a block away at the University and Columbia Terrace intersection. He says the past few weeks have been hectic.
“You can just tell people get annoyed. I wake up to honking every day,” he said.
Szczepaniak says cars continue to back up from the newly reopened University and Main intersection right past his house and people have been using his street as a detour.
“Traffic has been really horrible; actually a guy ran the stop sign down there and totaled my car a couple weeks ago,” Szczepaniak said.
Although he's afraid people will continue to use his street as a detour, he and others say they're glad things are changing.
“It seemed a little dangerous because if you're not used to riding your bike it's not a wide enough space out there you can get hit,” cyclist Tracy Carless said of the pre-construction years.
He said the developments are a plus for people who get around on two wheels.
“Looks like it's going to be a lot easier to ride your bike up the sidewalks are wider and stuff like that,” Carless said.
Szczepaniak agreed, saying, “It's going to be a lot safer for everyone, a lot safer for Bradley students, a lot safer for everyone in the neighborhood.”
Hoping a few inconvenient weeks will pay off.
“This is definitely going to be better in the long run right now we'll just have to deal with it.”
The City of Peoria says construction at University and Columbia Terrace is expected to take about two more weeks, but work will continue throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.
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