IDOT discusses MacArthur Boulevard improvement project in Springfield

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IDOT discusses MacArthur Boulevard improvement project in Springfield

Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation have unveiled an alternative preferred design for upgrades to a portion of the MacArthur Boulevard Corridor.

The design chosen — dubbed Alternative 3 by IDOT — closes the current two lanes of traffic between South Grand and Wabash/Stanford avenues in each direction with an 11-foot-wide center-left turn lane, five-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of the road, and eight-foot-wide, two-way shared-use path on the west side of the road. It also has a bumper for traffic and a 25-inch wide curb and gutter. While the road is well within the Springfield city limits, the road’s maintenance is under IDOT’s jurisdiction.

During an open house Thursday at Franklin Middle School, IDOT Region 4 Engineer Jeff Myers said the preferred alternative has less of an impact on businesses and existing infrastructure than others. For example, fewer businesses on each side of the road are affected by Alternative 3, with fewer parking spaces either reconfigured or eliminated on each side.

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