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IDOT rep hears transportation wants and needs during stop in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on April 29, 2015

Could you imagine a four-lane Route 23 between Ottawa and Streator? How about a truck route to bypass downtown Ottawa? Or a bike path connecting cities along the Illinois River? These were some of the things discussed at Wednesday morning’s IDOT Infrastructure meeting at the Ottawa City hall.

A packed house was on hand for the meeting, which is part of a series held across the state by IDOT. The meetings give you the opportunity to discuss transportation problems and offers ideas to IDOT.

Steve Jonland of Streator Economic Development proposed the four-lane route 23 as a way to relieve traffic congestion. Jonland said the number of sand trucks has increased significantly on the route. That paired with the already-winding road makes passing tough and back-ups common.

Increased sand truck traffic on route 23 in downtown Ottawa had Ottawa Mayor Bob Eschbach and chamber member Judy McConville suggesting a truck route for semis that would bypass the area entirely.

Larry Kinzer of the La Salle County Highway Department talked about the Dee Bennett road relocation project, moving the road farther up from the Illinois river which would allow easier access to the lock and dam during high-water periods. The road would also be used as a bike path to connect the cities along the river.

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