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Ehab Samy, 22, was sitting in the lobby on the second floor at Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign recently, waiting for a late-morning Amtrak train to Chicago.
A University of Illinois graduate with a degree in economics, Samy was headed for a job interview. The Champaign resident says he uses Amtrak to get to Chicago five or six times a year.
URBANA – An extensive network of off-road paths, bicycle lanes and marked bike routes will be installed throughout Urbana over the next 15 years, under a proposed bicycle master plan headed to the city council.
Urbana would spend $2.8 million over the next 10 years adding the bicycle facilities, most of that during the first five years.
CHAMPAIGN – It probably won't be until around the end of April before the Curtis Road interchange on Interstate 57 finally opens.
Work on the interchange, including final asphalt work, laying shoulders, adding guardrails and erosion control work, should begin around April 1 and take 20 to 30 days to complete, according to Jeff Birch, project implementation engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation District 5 office in Paris.
RANTOUL – Motorists can expect delays on Interstate 57 north of Champaign beginning later this month.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that pavement patching and bituminous resurfacing will be completed on I-57 between mile marker 236 (west of Champaign) and mile marker 251 (west of Rantoul).
DANVILLE – Winter Avenue at the CSX Railroad bridge east of Monterey Street will close at 8 a.m. Monday for the planned replacement of the CSX Railroad bridge.
Also on Monday, Winter Avenue will open to local traffic at Bowman Avenue.
Hoopeston, Danville and Urbana will get some financial help to make kids' walks or bike rides to school a little safer.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Thursday that $8.3 million will be awarded this year for 112 projects around the state to aid in that effort.
CHAMPAIGN – An intercity bus service that offers fares as low as $1 – if you reserve seats at the right time – will begin service in Champaign on March 13.
Megabus.com will offer twice-daily service to Chicago and Memphis, Tenn., using both single-deck and double-decker buses. The pickup and drop-off point in downtown Champaign will be just west of the Illinois Terminal – on the west side of Market Street just north of Logan Street.
MAHOMET – If the Mahomet Village Board wants to get rid of a triangular-shaped median off U.S. 150 on the east side of town, it must do so on the Illinois Department of Transportation's terms.
The median, called a "hammerhead," prevents left turns into and out of Commercial Drive and has been the cause of complaints from citizens and business owners and problems for snow removal.
DANVILLE – City officials are concerned about new speed limits the Illinois Department of Transportation changed on two roads in Danville earlier this month.
The changes are based on the results of an engineering study.
SAVOY – The village board voted 5-1 to pass a revised agreement with Champaign-Urbana's mass transit board Wednesday.
The lone "no" vote was cast by Trustee Joan Dykstra, who has opposed the intergovernmental agreement from the start of negotiations a year and a half ago.