PEORIA — Motorists will face a series of detour options when construction shuts the Murray Baker Bridge on Interstate 74 for seven months beginning in April 2020.
Through traffic will be rerouted around Peoria on Interstate 474 in both directions during the $35 million project.
Local traffic will have several options.
Detours in Peoria:
People traveling eastward through Peoria and heading to East Peoria or elsewhere in Tazewell County will be encouraged to leave the interstate at Exit 92B onto Fayette Street, and will be routed down William Kumpf Boulevard and across the Bob Michel Bridge.
Eastbound traffic into Downtown will still be able to exit at Washington Street, and IDOT will be working to turn an additional lane of Jefferson Avenue into a turn lane at Kumpf to handle traffic heading toward the Bob Michel.
Westbound traffic out of Downtown will still be able to enter I-74 at Washington Street, and signs will also route traffic coming over the Bob Michel Bridge to reach the interstate via Kumpf to Perry Avenue to Spalding Avenue.
Detours in East Peoria:
Traffic will be encouraged to exit onto Washington Street in East Peoria to access most of the community.
To access the Levee District and the shopping areas near Walmart and Bass Pro Shops, traffic will also be able to exit at Main Street and turn onto Camp Street.
However, the intersection of River Road and Camp Street will also be closed at the same time while East Peoria constructs a roundabout there, so IDOT plans to close the left turn lanes from eastbound West Washington Street onto River Road.
"It allows us to coordinate closures to both projects," Illinois Department of Transportation project engineer Rich Dotson said, noting that it would minimize the time motorists are inconvenienced.
Right turns from westbound Washington would still be permitted, with an access road into the nearby shopping center still providing entry.