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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.
MONTICELLO – The city may be able to work out a compromise concerning a controversial plan to widen the Monticello truck and farm implement route.
Superintendent of City Services Floyd Allsop told the city council Monday that Washington Street might not have to be widened if the city prohibits bicyclists on the street.
LeROY – In Woody's Family Restaurant in LeRoy, locals are talking a lot about the closure of a 16-mile loop of Interstate 74 between Bloomington and U.S. 136.
Waitress Tricia Ester said local customers are abuzz with stories: waiting 10 minutes to cross U.S. 136 south of town, needing extra time to get to their destinations because of detours.
DOWNS – A tanker truck carrying gasoline rolled over and burned on Interstate 74 Saturday afternoon, killing the driver and closing a 17-mile section of interstate until at least this morning.
Authorities kept the highway closed so they could inspect the I-74 bridge over Kickapoo Creek about a mile west of Downs, where the accident occurred about 12:50 p.m., state police officials said.