Manhattan Mayor James Doyle said Thursday he's spoken with various stakeholders about possibly creating an alternative truck route away from the village's downtown area to alleviate traffic.
Doyle said residents have routinely complained about the truck traffic on the main roadway through downtown, Route 52. He said rerouting trucks onto Cherry Hill Road could work, since widening Route 52 would be difficult due to businesses, railroad tracks and more in the downtown area. While he said the Will County Farm Bureau was interested in the idea for farmers to be able to move vehicles throughout the county, Doyle insisted there were no definite plans.
"We're just trying to be proactive," Doyle said.
Doyle also said he still wanted to speak with the highway commissioners at the local township governments for their input. He said the bypass idea was not related to the proposed NorthPoint Development project near Manhattan.