HARRISBURG — One stop light could make a big difference in Harrisburg.
In a news release from State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, it says Fowler worked with Illinois Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the “accident-prone intersection of (Illinois) 13 and Poplar Street.” As a result, new traffic signals are scheduled to be installed there.
“This intersection has been the scene of numerous crashes over the years, underscoring the importance of taking steps to make the intersection safer for motorists,” Fowler said in the release. He said it was brought to his attention when he worked locally, and he is happy to see progress on the project.
In the release, Fowler said he hopes the traffic signal will help improve roadway safety at the intersection, as well as improve access to the area.
The release quotes IDOT, saying that bids for the installation of the signals were received from state contractors in January. The job was awarded to Brown Electric for $228,250 — the company will install traffic signals, pavement markings and concrete shoulders. According to the release, the contract is in the process of being executed, with work planned to begin this summer, and the new traffic signals slated to go live by fall.
Maddison Harner, a media representative for Fowler, said her office was told by Saline County 911 that since the bypass opened, there have been 47 reported crashes there.