Those impacted by changes to the Peters Lane and Highway 47 intersection will likely be able to view proposed plans next month,
Members of the personnel, finance and public works committee agreed that people living in that area should be notified that plans will be available during the September committee meeting.
Generally the committee meets the first Monday of each month, but due to the Labor Day holiday, the meeting will probably be moved to Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the lower level of Union City Hall.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said there are drafts of four to five conceptual plans that he has not yet reviewed. The plans were developed by Cochran.
The primary goal is to align Old County Farm Road with East Park Road, and that would affect other streets, including Peters Lane, Riverview Place and Old Smelter Road.
Initially talks focused on two options for a new intersection, to replace the Old County Farm Road intersection on Highway 47. Those include an extension of Peters Lane to the west or a new intersection south of Peters Lane, which is located off of Rock Road.
Officials have said noted that both options are costly. Extending Peters Lane would require right of way, and a new intersection would require the construction of new streets.
In 2010, Zimmermann said the construction of the Peters Lane intersection was recommended to be performed in the city’s last transportation plan developed in 1999.
A Peters Lane intersection would give better access from Highway 47 to businesses, including UPS, and residents off Rock Road and Old County Farm Road, officials said then.
Last year, Zimmermann recommended the city include the conceptual drawing of the Old County Farm Road and East Park Street realignment as part of the scope of engineering work for Phase II of the Denmark Road project.
He explained that the Denmark Road project will utilize federal funds for construction, but the engineering portion will be paid for out of the city’s coffers.
Once the conceptual drawing is created for the Old County Farm Road realignment project, there is a better chance for the road to be reclassified in order to be eligible for federal funding, officials have said.
In order to receive federal Surface Transportation Program funding, city streets must be designated as urban collectors or arterial streets, he said.
Old County Farm Road is considered a “local road.”
The urban collectors within the city limits are West Park Road, Church Street, Springfield Avenue, Prairie Dell Road, Denmark Road, College Road and Main Street. There are two “minor arterial” streets in the city — Washington Avenue and Independence Drive.