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Businesses voice opposition to MTD annexation plans

SAVOY – Scott Garth and Linda Stark are among a select number of Savoy businesses owners whose property, on the east side of U.S. 45, could be annexed immediately by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District if an annexation agreement with the village is approved.

"I joke and say it's because we're on the wrong side of the tracks," said Stark, owner of Savoy Storage, near the corner of U.S. 45 and Church Street.


Deterioration leads to weight limit on Leverett Road bridge

LEVERETT – A recent inspection on a bridge carrying Leverett Road over the Saline Branch Ditch found enough deterioration to impose a 15-ton weight limit.

Illinois Department of Transportation Spokesman Brian Williamsen said the limit will go into effect Thursday after signs are posted. The bridge is located between Leverett and U.S. 45.


Danville crossing closed until overpass work ends

DANVILLE – Betty Farr doesn't see nearly as much traffic in front of her home these days since CSX Corp. closed the railroad crossing on Sunset Road in north Danville.

The road, which runs east and west along the south edge of Sunset Memorial Park and connects Illinois 1 with Burr Oak Road, is closed to traffic while the railroad adds a one-and-a-half mile section of track between Liberty Lane and West Newell Road.


Neil project planned

CHAMPAIGN – Starting Monday, both southbound lanes of Neil Street will be closed for 12 days in the downtown area to allow the city to replace a sanitary sewer line.

The closure of Neil Street will be from Main/Church street south to Park Street, a one-block distance. If weather cooperates, Cross Construction Inc. of Urbana expects to finish the job and reopen Neil by Nov. 16, according to T.J. Blakeman, a city planner.


MTD tax levy not as high as original proposal

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Board voted for a proposed tax levy increase of 4.9 percent Wednesday, down from the original proposal of 7.5 percent.

The $5.6 million levy is up $404,032 from fiscal year 2006-07, when the levy was up 15 percent from the previous year.


Rain washes out UI pep rally; parade still on

CHAMPAIGN – Rain has washed out tonight's University of Illinois homecoming pep rally, but the parade is still scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., according to UI officials.

The parade will begin at the corner of Sixth Street and Lorado Taft Drive in Champaign at 6 p.m.


New transit district receives OK to take part in suit

URBANA – A judge has ruled that the new Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District can join in a suit against the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

Scott Tapley of Champaign, who is a member of the Champaign County Board, filed a suit in 2005 on behalf of residents of southwest Champaign for an injunction that would prevent the C-U MTD from voting to annex their land to the district.


Lynch Road project entering third phase

DANVILLE – More road closures are scheduled as the $2.4 million Lynch Road resurfacing project moves into its third phase this week.

The project began in August with road improvements between Michigan Avenue and Lynch Creek Drive.


Troublesome Danville intersection may become all-way stop

DANVILLE – The intersection of Seminary and Hazel streets is the reason resident Emma Atkinson doesn't go to the post office on Hazel Street.

Like other city residents, Atkinson agreed that the post office's entrance from Hazel is cumbersome, particularly for drivers coming from the east on Seminary.


Train-truck collision near backs up traffic for four hours

GIBSON CITY – Traffic was snarled for four hours Wednesday after a grain truck collided with a train near the west side of the intersection of Illinois 9 and Illinois 47 just south of Eighth Street in Gibson City. No one was injured.

Kenneth Beachy, 48, of Foosland was driving south on Illinois 47 at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to deliver a load of corn to the nearby Cargill plant. The trailer was struck by an eastbound Norfolk & Southern train, splitting the trailer in half and damaging the train engine, according to the Illinois State Police.