URBANA — A key thoroughfare in downtown Urbana will close completely for about three months beginning Monday.
Workers will demolish and replace the Race Street bridge over the Boneyard Creek as part of a $7.9 million project to beautify the area immediately surrounding the creek through a portion of downtown Urbana.
Race between Griggs Street and the railroad tracks will be completely closed to traffic until June 9 for the bridge replacement. The city is planning additional closures beyond that date as it rebuilds the street itself between Griggs and Park streets.
Access will be maintained to all properties on Race during the bridge project, but through traffic will be prohibited on Race between Main Street and University Avenue, according to a city press release. A detour route will be provided via University to Broadway Avenue to Main.
City officials broke ground on the Boneyard Creek project in November. When it is completed, a new park will provide access from street level down to walkways near the creek.
The Boneyard Creek project also calls for resurfacing of Broadway between Water Street and University. Both Race and Broadway will receive "streetscape" improvements, and on-street bike lanes will be added to Broadway.
The entire project is expected to be finished in June 2014.