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City Council Approves Right on Red

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 232

galesburgThe vote may have been relatively close, but the City of Galesburg will now allow right turns during red lights on sections of East Main Street.

The proposal was brought forward earlier this year and was sent to the City Council two weeks ago.

Traffic Advisory Commission members reviewed the proposal as well as some of the recommendations that would have prevented the change.

Second Ward Alderman Wayne Dennis tells WGIL plenty of other towns allow right on red turns.

“I thought it was a great idea,” says Dennis. “It’s state law that you can turn right on red, so we had four streets where we weren’t going to do it. That’s ignorant. That’s my opinion.”

With the passage, the City will likely soon be making the change given that the Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to go along with the recommendation.

Poor visibility, high pedestrian traffic, and a relatively high number of accidents at the intersections could have spurred a recommendation against the change.

Not everyone was on board. First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says he was against the measure for several reasons.

“I’m a fast walker and a lot of times I can’t get across the street before it turns so I fear for the safety of people walking downtown,” says Goad.

East Main Street between Cherry and Seminary Street will be affected with the new ordinance.

The measure passed 4-3.