Macomb, IL – A recommendation is forthcoming about a Macomb intersection that some residents consider dangerous.
Right now, there are no stop signs on Grant Street where it intersects with Randolph/Maple Streets. But drivers on those side streets do have to stop.
Some local residents say traffic can pile up during certain times of the day as drivers wait to turn on to or cross Grant. Parent Jamie Lane says it can be especially tough for pedestrians to cross Grant.
Macomb, IL – A new law banning text messaging while driving went into effect at the start of the new year to much fanfare.
Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker says his department plans to enforce the new ban, but it'll give drivers a break for at least a little while.
Barker says officers will likely write "a lot of warnings" in the coming months as drivers get used to the new rule, and officers get used to enforcing it. He says it will be hard to enforce, much like seatbelt laws were when they were first enacted. But there will be telltale signs that someone is texting.
Burlington, IA – Burlington prohibited vehicle traffic on Cascade Bridge several years ago. Pedestrian traffic was stopped on the S. Main Street bridge last October.
City Manager Doug Worden says it will cost Burlington about $4-million to replace the 114-year old structure. He says engineers have told the city that Cascade Bridge must be replaced, as opposed to being repaired, because of how the structure was built.
"If one of the trusses fails," says Worden, "then the entire bridge could come down."