The city has a list of 40 street improvement projects for next year that would cost about $13 million, but less than $1 million to pay for them. What projects should it choose?

Seven more long-term road projects to improve or extend major vehicle arteries also loom. Which ones should get top priority? And what other ideas, such as better bicycle access on city streets, should the city ponder?

Pekin wants to hear from its people.

The Planning Department posted a survey covering those subjects on the city’s website Wednesday morning.

It will remain posted until 5 p.m. Friday, while paper copies of the survey also will be available until then at City Hall’s front counter.

“This is one of the best opportunities for residents to learn about what we’re doing and voice their opinions and concerns” on subjects related to transportation, said City Planner Katie Shackelford.

The survey is part of a two-pronged reach-out for public comment on transportation subjects and projects in and around the city. The Planning Department on Tuesday hosted a Transportation Summit attended by about 50 people at the Pekin Public Library.

Officials from the Tri-County Regional Planning Agency, the Pekin Park District and City Link bus company attended what Shackelford called an open house for the public to learn about “what transportation efforts local agencies have been working on, voice their opinions, share ideas and explore what the future holds” for Pekin transportation.

Those who attended also submitted their answers to the survey. Shackelford said its results, including those collected online and at City Hall, will be summarized and reported to the public next week.

The 40 street projects listed on the survey include reconstruction of seven streets, with costs ranging from $165,000 for Seventh Street from Ann Eliza to Margaret streets to $1 million for Bacon Street from Washington to Walnut streets. The remaining projects consist of mill and overlay, chip seal and pavement patch, and crack sealing.

Among the long-term projects are extensions of Veterans Drive, Brenkman Drive and El Camino Drive, as well as improvements on Court Street, Derby Street and South Fifth Street from Koch Street to VFW Road.

The public can find the survey on the city’s website at

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