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Peoria to spend millions for road repairs to start sooner rather than later

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Published: May. 11, 2022 at 12:03 AM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Some may call it one of the worst roads in Peoria, but it will soon get an upgrade following city council action Tuesday night.

Rather than a full rebuild, Allen Road on Peoria’s north side will get a more immediate, but short-term fix.

All told, the council voted to re-allocate funds and spend just over $6.6 million over the next two years on some of the very worst, high-traffic city streets.

The plan as approved is to remove and overlay key segments of Allen Road, from War Memorial to Northmoor Road, offering a projected lifespan of up to five years. The city’s public works department wants that to start this month.

Pioneer Parkway is also set this year for a grind down and overlay at University and Knoxville.

Orange Prairie Road will be worked on both this year and in 20232.

Nebraska Avenue will see the same improvements next year, from Sterling to Interstate 74.

The public works department still plans on a more expansive rebuild of Allen in the future.

City Manager Urich gets a raise

The city council without discussion approved a 3% pay hike for City Manager Patrick Urich.

The $6,044.05 increase boosts Urich’s base salary to $207,512.41, said Mayor Rita Ali.

The raise is retroactive to January 1 of this year.

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