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Work begins on state's first "J-turn" intersection at Macon.

Byline: John Broux Pana news group editor

Work was scheduled to begin this week on a first of its kind Illinois Department of Transportation construction project at the intersection of Andrews Street and Route 51 at Macon.

The project, which will construct a "J-turn" intersection, and should be completed by late fall. Cost for the project is $1.8 million dollars.

The "J-turn" model will not allow traffic from Andrews Street to continue directly across Route 51, or to turn left onto the highway.

The model, as presented in IDOT plans, would have vehicles turn right, onto the highway, then make a "U-turn," to go in the original intended direction.

For example, drivers coming to the intersection on Andrews Street from the west who want to head north on Route 51, will first have to turn south, or right, enter into a left lane, and make a "U-turn" into the northbound lane of the highway.

Conversely, drivers approaching the intersection from the east, who want to head south, will have to turn north, or right, enter into a left lane, and make a "U-turn" into the southbound lane.

The new intersection will allow both right and left turns off the highway onto Andrews Street, with designated turn lanes.

The work is being done as a result of about 60 accidents occurring at the intersection since the bypass was built, including three fatalities.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Jun 5, 2019
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