Friday, September 2, 2016

Underpass a No Go

According to IDOT, Carbondale, barring some new technology will never see an underpass or an overpass , for that matter, on Main and Walnut to alleviate the traffic blockages caused by trains coming through downtown. Due to the closeness of Highway 51 to the rail crossing, any under or overpass put in place would have to start near the Public Library, almost 2 and a half blocks away. That would take too much construction and likely require some demolition of downtown buildings.

So, that leaves the really awkward intersection and underpass on West Mill. The traffic light there, however, might get replaced by a roundabout. The city plans to test roundabouts in a couple of other locations in town before locating one in such a high traffic spot.

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