Opponents of the potential east side highway project near Bloomington Normal often criticize the portion of the plans for the road that include a bike trail running along the west side of the divided interstate highway. They ridicule the notion of having bicycles and autos so close together. But, Jerry Payonk, an engineer overseeing the highway study says that sight may become common.
Bicycle advocates also note that if there are buffers between bike lanes and cars, safety concerns diminish. The highway study goes to federal officials in November. Any potential construction is likely more than a decade away even if traffic growth justifies the need for the new structure a mile east of Towanda Barnes Road.
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