Answers: Questions about passing on four-lane road, Hampshire parking, citywide cleanup

Posted: Aug. 24, 2012 9:12 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2013 5:53 pm


Isn't there a law about having one to two miles to pass on a four-lane road? I was on Highway 104 by Scottie's Skateland, and there was a car in the left lane. I was passing another car and came upon this car, and he would not get in the right lane. I think it's illegal and dangerous to pass in the right lane, but what are you supposed to do?

Mike Kindhart, a trooper with the Illinois State Police, says it is illegal to drive in the left lane of any four-lane road unless you are passing a vehicle.

"I would tell that driver that, as long as they're not speeding and they pass a car that is in the left lane, they are legal," Kindhart said. "The other car could be cited for driving in the left lane when they are not passing."


When is the city parking lot across the street from Talayna's and next to One Restaurant and Bar on Hampshire Street going to be repaired? The potholes are terrible, and this parking lot is used by these restaurants and downtown shoppers.

Bids on the project were to have been let Wednesday, City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp said. Steinkamp then plans to go the Central Services Committee for approval Monday, and he hopes the project is approved by the Quincy City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 4, meeting (no meeting on Labor Day).

"No matter what happens or what date the contract gets started, the end date for the project is Nov. 16," Steinkamp said. "It's a project that needs to be done, and TIF money is what's covering most of it. This is a good example of the TIF district helping the downtown area out."


When is the citywide cleanup?

The Herald-Whig could print the answer to this question every day, and it still will be the most-asked question in the newsroom for the next month.

Allied Waste Services is being contracted again by the city to handle the annual cleanup from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the lot on Front and Delaware streets. Allied Waste will accept items not normally collected during weekday residential garbage pickup.

Items that will not be accepted are:

º Free-flowing liquids, such as motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, fuel, paint, stains, thinners and turpentine.

º Any type of poison, including drain cleaners, bleach, disinfectants and pesticides.

º Yard waste.

º Appliances and "white goods" still containing Freon, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and water coolers.

º Batteries.

º Medical waste, such as needles, human blood or human waste.

º Tires.

º Creosote-treated wood.

º Fuel tanks.

º Electronics, including TVs, computers, printers, VCRs, DVD players and cellphones.

Readers should note that Quincy Recycle will begin accepting electronic waste at its facility at 526 S. Sixth on Sept. 4.


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