Downtown Intersection to Stay As Is

A change the City of Galesburg wanted to make in anticipation of the construction of the East Main Street Underpass won’t be happening now.

City Engineer Wayne Carl told the Galesburg City Council this week that the Illinois Department of Transportation accepted a change from the city to allow the right turn lane at Main and Chambers Street to remain as is — meaning, the turn lane wouldn’t be eliminated.

Carl says the city had wanted to eliminate the lane ahead of the underpass construction. Carl says, however, removing the right lane wouldn’t have made any real difference in traffic flow.  He says it would have also kept the intersection where the Galesburg Post Office lies in line with other downtown intersections that don’t have formal turn lanes.

While the city’s Traffic Advisory Commission recommended the change at Main and Chambers, the City Council was divided, saying more research needed to be done.

The city would have had to purchase lane from the post office in order to accommodate the turn lane elimination and that land is considered historical.

Construction on the East Main underpass is expected to start next year, once the Seminary and Kellogg overpass is done.

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