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Changes come to troubled Tonica intersection

Posted by wlpo on October 26, 2016

Time will tell if turning a dangerous intersection in Tonica to a 4-way stop will make a difference.

As of Wednesday the Route 251 and North 20th Road intersection becomes an “all-way stop.” Before, north and southbound traffic on Route 251 didn’t have to stop. IDOT Engineer Dave Broviak says what was leading to a lot of accidents is drivers on North 20th Road thought highway traffic was slowing to stop and would then proceed to pull out in front of them.

Broviak says the safety upgrades is the result of an accumulation of crashes and not just one incident. He says village officials and State Representative Andy Skoog pushed for changes to the intersection.

If crashes continue happening, Broviak says next steps could include rumble strips or increased signage.

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