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Major changes in the works for Quincy's 48th Street

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Adams County and City of Quincy officials announced Friday that major upgrades are coming to Quincy's 48th Street.

County engineer James Frankenhoff and city engineer Jeffrey Conte announced the changes, which includes adding a roundabout to the 48th and State intersection. Frankenhoff says John Wood Community College asked that traffic signals be installed but after reviewing the intersection, a roundabout was determined to be a safer and cheaper option.

"With the amount of traffic, traffic back-ups and some of the rear-end collisions that have occurred on a leg of 48th street, we felt that a roundabout would accomplish both their goals as well as ours; to keep traffic moving through the intersection," Frankenhoff said.

Drivers agree with Frankenhoff about the amount of traffic but they don't necessarily think it warrants the $1.5 million overhaul the county and city is proposing.

"It's only busy around 5 o'clock but other than that it's perfectly fine," Quincy Resident Andrea Schulte said. "I don't really see a need for it."

"There's a lot of flow of traffic but there's not really so much that you need to put in a roundabout," Quincy Resident Elisabeth Klene said.

The construction on the roundabout is expected to start sometime next year and Conte says as the city continues to develop, more roundabouts could pop up in Quincy.

"Times have changed, design of traffic and of streets has changed," Conte said. "We're just trying to stay abreast of the latest technology and make sure we're providing the best service to our people."

Frankenhoff also announced 48th Street from State Street to Columbus Road will be reconfigured to include a center turn lane and bike paths starting this summer.

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