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Normal council OKs adding traffic signals at Fort Jesse Road intersections

A yellow "photo enforced" road sign with a picture of a traffic signal is in focus, while a red light is blurred in the background.
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Traffic signals will be added to the intersections at Fort Jesse Road and Landmark Drive, and Fort Jesse and Greenbriar Drive in Normal.

Traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Fort Jesse Road and Landmark Drive, and Fort Jesse and Greenbriar Drive, following approval Monday by the Normal Town Council.

The council awarded a contract to Rowe Construction for the project at a cost of $2.1 million.

Director of Public Works and Engineering Ryan Otto was at the meeting. Asked by council member Kathleen Lorenz about additional details, Otto broke the project down, saying it's primarily an improvement to traffic safety.

“This project will install traffic signals at both Greenbriar and Fort Jesse, and Landmark and Fort Jesse. It’s a fairly basic installation,” said Otto, adding it does get a little more complex.

“The complicated part is actually the coordination because of the proximity to Veterans Parkway,” Otto continued. “The big, technical part happens in the controller boxes where we connect the fiber to Fort Jesse with Veterans, and then all the timing and things [are] worked out with the Illinois Department of Transportation.”

At the Greenbriar and Fort Jesse intersection, the box culvert will be replaced and extended, he added.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved another step toward an updated skate park at Fairview Park. American Ramp Company will be in charge of design and construction after being awarded a contract not to exceed $440,000. Some of the current ramps at Fairview Park are more than 20 years old. The surface of the skate park is more than 50 years old.
  • OK’d the zoning of an apartment complex in north Normal. Healing Stone Court has seen multifamily housing units pop up over recent years, and this adds to that development.
  • Authorized the publication of an updated zoning map for the town.
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