Project News

Jan 22, 2013: We will be moving all website updates for both the Washington Street Improvement Project and the Warehouse District TIGER II Complete Streets Project over to the Warehouse District Project Website at http://www.warehousedistrictpeoria.com. Please update your bookmarks and visit the Warehouse District website often as construction will soon be starting on Washington Street and throughout the Warehouse District.

Jan 10, 2013: The next public meeting for both the Warehouse District TIGER II Complete Streets Project and the Washington Street Improvement Project will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm at the Gateway Building, located at Hamilton Boulevard and Water Street.

Welcome!

Artist's rendering of possible streetscape environment Animation showing existing Washington Street, looking north just south of Oak Street, and artist's conception of streetscape improvements.

Project Summary

The Washington Street Improvement project through downtown Peoria and Peoria's Warehouse District is currently underway. The project aims to transform Washington Street into a safer, more attractive facility for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Washington Street Improvement area The boundaries of this project are MacArthur Highway/Cedar Street Bridge on the south and Hamilton Boulevard on the north. For a larger view of the study area, click here. Imagery: Bing Maps.

Bounded by Hamilton Boulevard on the north and the MacArthur Highway on the south, the Washington Street Improvements will include wider sidewalks, on-street parking, and other street amenities to better link downtown with Peoria's riverfront as well as to stimulate development in the Warehouse District.

Typical Washington Street cross section between Harrison and Hamilton Typical proposed cross-section in the Business District, which runs from Hamilton Boulevard on the north to Harrison Street on the south. For a full concept map of Washington Street through the Business District, click here.

North of Harrison Street in the Business District, the Washington Street improvements will include a planted median, wider sidewalks, on-street parking on the east side of the street, and improved pedestrian amenities. The intersection with Fulton Street will be redesigned to improve pedestrian safety and aesthetics. At Harrison Street, the current traffic signal will be removed and replaced with a modern roundabout, which will also serve as the transition between the Business and Warehouse Districts.

Typical Washington Street cross section between Harrison and MacArthur Typical proposed cross-section in the Warehouse District, which runs from Harrison Street on the north to MacArthur Highway and the Cedar Street Bridge on the south. For a full concept map of Washington Street through the Warehouse District, click here.

South of the new Washington/Harrison roundabout and through the Warehouse District*, improvements will include a bidirectional center turn lane, wider sidewalks, on-street parking on the both sides of the street, and improved pedestrian amenities to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility while minimizing impacts to car and truck traffic serving current businesses and industries in the area.

* Note: This Washington Street project is closely related to, but separate from, the Warehouse District TIGER II project. The TIGER II project will improve local side streets throughout the Warehouse District in a manner similar to the proposed Washington Street improvements. For more information on the TIGER II project, please visit the project website at WarehouseDistrictPeoria.com.

More Information and Getting Involved

This website is designed to provide valuable information about the project to local stakeholders and other interested members of the public. For more information, please click one of the links to the left or review the concept drawings below. If you have any comments regarding the project or questions for the study team, please click the "Comments" link to the left. Public input in the project is important at every stage of this project, so please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks for your interest in the City of Peoria's Washington Street Improvements!

Note: This website includes many documents available for download or viewing online in PDF format. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files, please click here.

Corridor Renderings

Cross-Sections
Intersections
Landscaping

More information is available from the Public Meeting 3 page.