Local Government

Council adopts Regional Transportation Plan

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 15, 2020 8:30 am

QUINCY -- The Regional Transportation Plan for the city of Quincy has been adopted after more than a year of work setting up a guide of transportation priorities for the city.

The Quincy City Council adopted the plan Monday night on a 13-1 vote. Alderman Mike Farha, R-4, was the lone dissenting vote.

Proposed projects include, converting State Street from two to three lanes from 24th to 26th Street with dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks, future study of the Broadway corridor to improve congestion and safety, a shared Front Street and Maine Street riverfront connection, a south Quincy freight corridor with a four-lane Ill. 57, eliminating one-way streets downtown and roundabout installations at 24th and Harrison and 48th and State.

Though adopted, the projects are all recommendations.

"Like me personally, I very much want to vote for this and am going to vote for this, but I'm not in favor of getting rid of the one-ways -- one little aspect in this whole big study, one little aspect they recommended," said Alderman Eric Entrup, R-1. "Overall, it's a good plan, and it's all recommendations."

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said a benefit of the plan is that it provides the Illinois Department of Transportation a document that shows transportation priorities for the city. He added funding for projects could be diverse from local, state and federal money.

"One of the areas we've talked about is State between 24th and 36th. It's a state route," he said. "It's a rural section, and it really should be a urban section. But that's a state route, and frankly, in my opinion and most administrations' opinions of the past is the state ought to be involved in improving that into an urban section with curbs, gutters and sidewalks."

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the data from the plan will help with grant applications.

"They want to see that there's been community buy in," Moore said. "They want to see the data on traffic counts and safety ratings and things like that. This plan incorporates that, so it's going to be easier for us to apply for grants and bring money back into the community."

The plan was initiated after the Illinois Department of Transportation received a recommendation that York Street provides the best option for a new Memorial Bridge alignment. The $150,000 study was mostly covered by an IDOT grant.

"Obviously when you talk about the impact of the new Memorial Bridge, that's a huge on the city, but it's also going to have local transportation repercussions," Bevelheimer said. "We want to make sure that we can mitigate the impacts in the traffic of our downtown in this case."