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Transit grant application up for vote

DANVILLE – Julie Brandenburg may get to pay 75 cents for a three-mile ride to work instead of $11.75 in cab fare if Danville Mass Transit receives federal funding to extend bus service to Lynch Road.

The city council's public works committee will consider approval of the transit service's application for $678,000 in federal and state grants Tuesday night.


Road chemicals in good supply

Champaign, Urbana and county officials say there's no shortage of salt or other road chemicals as a possible 10-day period of wet weather begins.

Urbana's operations manager, Jim Kelly, said the city has "plenty of calcium chloride and plenty of salt."


Danville facing decision on Voorhees bridge

DANVILLE – City council members must decide in the coming months if they want to remove or replace a bridge on Voorhees Street between Vermilion and Collett streets.

Engineering studies are slated to begin next spring on the bridge over an exempt Norfolk Southern Railroad line.


Enhanced biking part of new plan

CHAMPAIGN – When Champaign resident Rick Langlois heads out the door for his morning commute to the University of Illinois, he doesn't turn the ignition to his vehicle. He starts pedaling.

Langlois is one of the hundreds of local residents who commute to work each day by bicycle. And he's thrilled that the city of Champaign, in its new draft transportation plan, Champaign Moving Forward, is putting an increased emphasis on making the city bicycle-friendly.


Warm weather needed for new interchange to open

CHAMPAIGN – Mother Nature will have the final word on just when the new Curtis Road/Interstate 57 interchange opens.

And right now, she's saying, "Not quite yet."


Committee ready to pursue Monticello airport solutions

MONTICELLO – Officials have been looking at a solution to Monticello's airport problems since 2003.

And with the formation of a committee including several community organizations, plans for a replacement could start to take shape.


Savoy OKs amended annexation agreement

SAVOY – The Savoy Village Board approved an annexation agreement with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, after adding a provision for the MTD to reimburse the village for infrastructure costs.

That provision endangers the agreement, said a village board member who has been negotiating with the MTD.


State police plan highway patrols every 10 miles

Illinois State Police will be out in force when holiday travelers hit the highways Wednesday.

A release from Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office said police will employ a "zero-tolerance" policy for drivers who don't wear seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign will run in conjunction with the Thanksgiving Combined Accident Reduction Ef-fort, which runs until Dec. 2.


Two men injured in single-car crash

FARMER CITY – Two men were injured when the car they were in went off the highway and struck a bridge abutment on Interstate 74 Monday.

According to Illinois State Police at District 10, Pesotum, Yoon Suk, 24, of Manchester, Mo., was driving west on Interstate 74 when his car drifted to the left and struck the bridge abutment east of Farmer City about 6:30 a.m. Monday


Speed-detection signs going up on busy Danville roads

DANVILLE – Drivers may notice their speeds flashing at them as they drive along city streets. It's all part of a new measure by the Danville Police Department to keep drivers safe this holiday season.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the department is setting up its portable speed-detection sign on busier roads such as Bowman Avenue, Gilbert Street, Vermilion Street and Martin Luther King Drive.