PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – More than a million dollars is on its way to Peoria to fund a highly anticipated highway project in the city’s south.
The funds come from the Rebuild Distressed Communities (RDC) grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) to revitalize business districts affected by the 2020 civil unrest.
Of the $ 9.2 million allocated to the state, the city received $ 1.2 million that will help fund the current Western Avenue project. The first phase was completed at the end of December 2021 and the second phase is expected to start this spring.
In addition to road repair work, Western Avenue will benefit from bicycle paths, green spaces and more as part of the Complete streets concept adopted by the city in 2015.
Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich told WMBD-TV they know they will receive the funds in the fall. He said the money is for Western Rd. Improvements from Jefferson to Lincoln.
Peoria Mayor Dr Rita Ali said she was thrilled with the grant and that it will enable development in the Southside. Read his full statement below:
The City of Peoria appreciates the support of the State of Illinois, our local legislative leaders and LISC to help us secure additional funding of $ 1.2 million for the Western Avenue project. The project consists of a complete overhaul of Western Avenue, resulting in much needed infrastructure upgrades for the south side of the city which we hope will be a catalyst to attract business growth and more residents to the postal code. 61605. Additional funding from the State of Illinois allows for improved lighting, improved sidewalks, additional security cameras and orientation signs. We’re excited to see the completion of a $ 12 million investment in a trade corridor that has seen a lot of divestment over the years. “
Dr Rita Ali, Mayor of Peoria
The State of Illinois, as well as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Chicago and the
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives has identified funding recipients.