White Street over the Boneyard Creek open

White Street over the Boneyard Creek open

With White Street just west of Second Street over the Boneyard Creek reopening this week, motorists will have a panoramic view of the continuing work to improve drainage along the waterway.

“What they’ll see is a lot of sidewalks being put in, a lot of landscape features going in,” said city resident engineer Louis Braghini.

If you would rather take a look at the work from the comfort of your desk chair, city officials have set up a camera and an online live feed looking over the Second Street basin.

While the street is not a true bridge — a real bridge would span the entire width of the basin, Braghini said — the raised roadway is a passage through the project that is years in the making.

“There will still be a minor amount of work, but should be no more total close downs on White Street,” Braghini said.

The entire $10.75 million Boneyard Creek Second Street reach project remains on budget and on schedule to be completed around Christmas, Braghini said.

A culvert under the road allows the creek to flow from north to south. The capacity of that culvert will restrict flow during “peak” events “to make sure that we’re not dumping a whole bunch of water down the south side all at once,” Braghini said.

He asked that drivers be vigilant as the area remains a construction zone and workers will be present.

Below: Champaign City Council member Karen Foster looks over the Second Street basin from the then-closed White Street during a July 27, 2010, tour. Robert K. O'Daniell/The News-Gazette

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