TERRA worked with the City of Peoria on an aggressive design-build project schedule to complete the reconstruction of the Main and University intersection. The project included replacement of a water main, landscaping and aesthetic enhancements, pedestrian upgrades and new signals. TERRA assisted the city throughout the public involvement process and developed a draft concept plan for the intersection improvements that considered public input. TERRA provided design and construction engineering services on this project which allowed six months for design and construction.
The City of Peoria was looking to minimize total project costs while providing a high-quality product. The intersection reconstruction work included a “road diet” reducing the intersection from five-six lanes to three lanes – a single lane in each direction with left turn lanes. Additionally, curb bump outs with landscaping and seating walls were installed. The intersection features a raised “tabletop” which places the focus on pedestrians and the signal includes an all-pedestrian phase which allows diagonal crossing. The project was expanded to include several midblock crosswalks serving Bradley University and additional neighborhood traffic calming to prevent neighborhood cut-through traffic from the reduced intersection capacity.