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Safety is aim of Arthur road project

ARTHUR – On Springfield Road, semitrailers regularly zoom past black, horse-drawn Amish buggies, a collision of two vastly different worlds.

But road conditions will become safer for drivers of both motor vehicles and those who drive bicycles, buggies, pony carts and even farm machinery on the major east-west thoroughfare 2 miles south of Arthur. Douglas County will completely revamp the oil-and-chip road – maybe in the next year – and add buggy lanes on both sides.

Work to close portions of two Urbana streets this week

URBANA – Milling and resurfacing work will result in the temporary closures of portions of Windsor Road and Anderson Street.

Windsor Road will be milled, where a surface layer of asphalt is removed, on Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday between Race Street and the city's west city limits.

I-57 traffic will be detoured temporarily

CHAMPAIGN – Get ready for some traffic disruptions in the area of the new Interstate 57 interchange at Curtis Road.

Overnight Monday, state workers will close I-57 on either side of the new ramps to work on the Curtis Road bridge over the highway. The detour will take drivers off the highway at the new exit ramps and then back onto the highway at the new entrance ramps – "right off and back on," according to Jeff Birch, an engineer for the state transportation department.

Charter firm complains about MTD

CHAMPAIGN – A local charter company has complained to the federal government about the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District leasing buses to another district for a golf tournament.

In July, the MTD leased eight 60-foot articulated buses to the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (also known as MetroLINK) to help shuttle patrons and volunteers of the John Deere Classic.

Drive into danger: Ambulances meet indifferent drivers on almost every call

It was a chest pain call on a hot July afternoon.

And when he heard it dispatched on the radio of his Pro Ambulance command unit, field coordinator Tom Cottrell was a good half-hour's drive away from the patient in another town.

Bridge reopens, clearing congestion near LeRoy

LeRoy – Residents breathed a sigh of relief Friday morning as newly reopened westbound Interstate 74 restored LeRoy's usual traffic patterns.

"Traffic has dropped," said LeRoy resident Jill Franklin. "We're back to normal."

Families miss the bus on transportation info

CHAMPAIGN – There's a lot about starting school that can be intimidating. Making new friends. Meeting the teacher. Learning where the bathroom is.

And for many children, the first day of school also means the first time they ride a school bus.

Danville street closed after truck hits overpass

DANVILLE – A section of East Main Street (U.S. 136) will remain closed until further notice following a Wednesday accident in which a tractor trailer hit a railroad overpass.

Danville Public Works officials are asking motorists to use a detour route to avoid the closure. The route is Oregon Avenue to Fairchild Street to Michigan Avenue to Voorhees Street to Lynch Spur.

Urbana gets $900,000 to improve Goodwin Avenue

URBANA – The city of Urbana has been awarded a $900,000 grant to make Goodwin Avenue a "complete street" between Clark Street and Gregory Drive that is friendly to pedestrians, bicyclists, mass transit and motorists.

Expanded sidewalk bumpouts, better-marked crossings, bicycle lanes on both sides of Goodwin and new bus pullouts, as well as repaving part of Goodwin and installing new traffic signals at Springfield Avenue and Goodwin, will be part of the project.

Bridge restoration expected to take months

DOWNS – Two-way traffic on Interstate 74 near Downs could resume in four to six weeks, but it won't be back to full capacity for months, a transportation official says.

Crews from the Illinois Department of Transportation started work Wednesday repairing the I-74 bridge over Kickapoo Creek, which has been reduced to one eastbound lane since Saturday night.