The Illinois Department of Transportation reports there were 207 crashes near the intersection of Veteran's Parkway and Empire Street in Bloomington from 2007 to 2011. (Photo courtesy GoogleMaps)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington has one of Illinois' most dangerous intersections and the state will spend $2.5 million to try to make it safer.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reports there were 207 crashes near Veteran's Parkway and Empire Street between 2007 and 2011 - that's an accident every nine days. That ranks the intersection among the top 5 percent of the most crash-prone intersections in the state based on traffic density.
Veteran's Parkway sees about 45,000 travelers each day. Empire has about 25,000 daily.
Program Development Engineer for IDOT, Craig Emberton, said an engineering consultant will consider design changes.
"They may come up and say you can't do anything else to improve it. It may be functioning at its best right now, that's what the study would determine. Then, we would start looking for funding and adding that to our program to get the funding," Emberton said.
Emberton, says the intersection just northeast of Eastland Mall is heavily traveled and often congested.
"The intersections that are so close (Eastland Crossing to the west, Eldorado Road, Mt. Vernon Drive to the east) would have to be examined to make sure they should be there or be moved to make the intersection function better and safer," Emberton said.
Emberton said any changes would likely be at least four or five years away. He said the study would take one to two years to complete and likely won't begin for at least another year.
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