UPDATED: Springfield Avenue opens; stretch of Curtis Road remains closed

UPDATED: Springfield Avenue opens; stretch of Curtis Road remains closed

The following portion, posted at 11:29 a.m., updates an earlier post, which appears below:

Just got this press release about John Street from the city:

John Street will be closed to through traffic between Randolph Street and State Street in order to complete a phase of the John Street Drainage Improvement Project. This work will start at 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 26 and is expected to be completed in approximately six weeks. Eastbound traffic on John Street will be detoured south on State Street to William Street then east to Neil Street. Westbound traffic on John Street will be detoured north on Randolph Street to Green Street then west to Prairie Street then south back to John Street.


During this time John Street will be reopened to thru traffic between Randolph Street and Neil Street. Access to local businesses from John Street will be limited due to driveway construction occurring over the next two of weeks.

The original text of the post, from 10:15 a.m.:

Several readers have been asking for updates on notable road closures in Champaign lately, so I called city resident engineer Louis Braghini this morning for a quick update on those streets.

Those who do a lot of travelling near campus will be happy to hear that Springfield Avenue at the viaduct reopened on Thursday. That portion had been shut down since July 27 so workers could install a 42-inch storm sewer pipe as part of the Boneyard Creek drainage improvement project.

The reopening was conveniently timed to coincide with the onslaught of campus move-in traffic.

"That was kind of our goal," to get Springfield Avenue open in time to accommodate the traffic, Braghini said.

And for the record, the Boneyard Creek Second Street basin is still on schedule to be completed before Christmas. White Street through the park and over the creek has been paved, and city staff have said it could be open soon.

A stretch of Curtis Road west of the intersection with Mattis Avenue is still closed, and it will remain that way for three to four weeks, maybe sooner if the weather cooperates, Braghini said.

All the pavement is done, but workers now are striping pavement markings, erecting and wiring street lights and installing traffic signals.

Portions of that project, including the Curtis-Mattis intersection, opened to traffic two weeks ago, but the stretch between Hallbeck Drive and Mattis Avenue remained closed. Hallbeck Drive, however, is now accessible from the west, making for easier access to Barkstall School.

Braghini is asking drivers to be patient, as Curtis Road is actually way ahead of schedule. The work order doesn't call for the contractor to finish until mid-November, but at this rate it would be open in September.

I'd be happy to try and field your questions if you are curious about the progress of work on any of your routes. Please feel encouraged to post questions or comments below, e-mail me or send me a message on Twitter.

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