CHAMPAIGN — Motorists on Windsor Road can expect reduced traffic starting April 1 as the Illinois Department of Transportation replaces the bridge that carries the road over Interstate 57 in Champaign.
Meanwhile, late night drivers on Interstate 57 will need to use detours on selected nights in April and probably in May as part of the same project.
Mike Carnahan, construction field engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said the Windsor Road bridge will be removed and replaced with a new, wider bridge beginning April 1.
"The bridge was in our five-year program to be replaced," Carnahan said on Tuesday. "Last year the bridge was hit by a semi, causing damage to the bridge's south beam.
"We placed weight limits on the bridge as a result of the damage, and we moved up the project so it could be completed this year."
Carnahan said one lane of traffic will remain open on Windsor Road during the project.
"The lane will be a little bit narrower than motorists may be used to, and we'll put up temporary traffic signals on both sides of the bridge to allow vehicles to get across," he said.
Carnahan said the new Windsor Road bridge will continue to have two lanes for motor vehicles, but the state is adding six-foot-wide bike lanes and five-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides.
He said the project will also require detours for motorists using Interstate 57 on selected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in April and probably May between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Interstate traffic will be detoured during those periods using Monticello Road, U.S. 45, Springfield Avenue, Mattis Avenue and Interstate 72.
Carnahan said the state will announce the specific dates for the closures as they get closer.
"We will be taking the bridge down in April and setting the new beams probably in May, and there is no safe way to do that over moving traffic," Carnahan said.
The state estimates the project will be completed by Nov. 1, weather permitting.
O'Neil Bros. Construction is the contractor for the $2.3 million project.