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Improvements planned for dangerous Quincy intersection

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's a Quincy intersection plagued by accidents and now Illinois Department of Transportation officials are taking action.

The 24th Street and Highway 96 intersection on the north side of town will soon undergo a major transformation.

"When you're going down the highway you don't take the time to slow down and stop," said Missouri Driver Matthew Norton.

"I've almost been rear ended out there plenty of times, having kids in the car," added Illinois Driver Christopher Gilliland.

The number of accidents is exactly why I-DOT decided to take action.

"It was on the last high accident location report," said Karl Kroshinsky, field engineer for I-DOT.

Kroshinsky says the work that will be taking place is one of their biggest projects this year, costing around $2 million dollars.

"We're going to signalize, with traffic signals, the south leg of 96/24, and put turn lanes also on the north leg of 96/24," said Kroshinsky.

In addition to that, this will also be one of their largest resurfacing projects.

"We're going to resurface the whole area also, along with taking out the median and redoing those, and refresh the striping," said Kroshinsky.

IDOT is now reviewing bidders.

"We've already put it out for letting, but we're waiting on a potential award that's being reviewed right now," explained Kroshinsky.

Drivers say the sooner the safety improvements start, the better.

"If you put a stop light there, it's really going to show, that 'hey we need to slow down here,'" said Norton.

"Good idea out there. Having no lights, accidents are going to happen," added Gilliland.

IDOT officials say they're hoping the project will start as early as this summer. It's expected to take four months to complete.

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