URBANA — Starting Tuesday, Springfield Avenue from Wright Street to Mathews Avenue in Urbana will be closed to traffic for more than a month because of two construction projects.
A contractor working for the University of Illinois will be installing a new chilled-water distribution pipe and making improvements to the crosswalk on Springfield Avenue in that two-block area.
That means Springfield will have to be closed to traffic until the anticipated completion on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.
To accommodate the work, Stoughton Street will change temporarily from a one-way west-to-east street to a one-way east-to-west street between Mathews and Goodwin avenues.
And traffic on Springfield Avenue will be detoured to University Avenue via Wright Street and Goodwin Avenue.
The entire pavement along that stretch of Springfield will be removed and new pavement installed, according to Andy Blacker, spokesman for the UI Facilities & Services.
About 10 years ago, the university installed special, in-pavement lights at the crosswalk near the Grainger Engineering Library. Signs with flashing lights that turn on automatically when someone walks or bikes across Springfield were also installed.
But the crosswalk has required a lot of maintenance over the years and the university instead will switch to new signs. The signs will have pedestrian-activated lights, but people will have to push a button in order to activate them.
The ADA-accessible ramps in the area also will be updated, Blacker said.