I-57, Urbana projects on state's agenda

I-57, Urbana projects on state's agenda

SPRINGFIELD — The state's $486 million roads and bridges construction program this spring includes an $8.4 million resurfacing of Interstate 57 north of Champaign, two projects in Urbana and a bridge replacement on Illinois 49 near Fithian.

Construction contracts for the various projects are scheduled to be awarded in late April.

The biggest of the area projects is 5 miles of resurfacing in the northbound lanes of I-57 from Olympian Drive to 2 miles south of Thomasboro. It has a project cost of $8.44 million and is to be completed by late October.

The Illinois Department of Transportation also has an approximately $500,000 contract available for patching along almost 47 miles of Interstates 57 and 74 in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

In Urbana, the state will undertake a major improvement on Main Street at Race Street, including new traffic signals, sidewalk removal and replacement and other work. The project is to be completed by Nov. 1.

The work is part of a project that will convert Main Street to three lanes between Cedar Street and Vine Street, and add 5-foot-wide bike lanes in each direction, according to Bill Gray, Urbana public works director.

Also, the state will pay approximately $81,000 for pavements markings for bicycle lanes in Urbana, primarily on Kinch Street from Florida Avenue to Washington Street, and on Florida Avenue from Race Street to Kinch, said Gray.

And there is an approximately $640,000 contract available for a bridge replacement on Illinois 49 over a tributary of Stony Creek about 3 miles northwest of Fithian. The project is to be completed by Sept. 10.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Yeah... the State of Illinois is broke except for bicycle lanes... sure.... the state is broke.  More pork barrel money for votes, and "campaign donations" while debts go unpaid, and earned money is stolen.

cretis16 wrote on March 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

This is getting tragically "laughable". What are they doing in Springfield? Printing money?

How can school districts be cutting teachers, yet we're piling on some asphalt? Crazy...

thelowedown wrote on March 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Those dang gubmit roads! Who needs 'em? Never did nuthin' for the e-kon-no-mee anyhowz!


Just when you think the ignorant cannot go any lower, they do. Modern road service has been a function of government, state and federal, for six decades and highway building has gone on in the US on a federal level since the Cumberland Road. Note to fools: these projects are completed on a contract basis by companies that pay wages and provide jobs. Wise up or ship out. The no-service, low-wage states like Indiana or Mississippi would welcome your ilk and ignorance with open arms. 

cretis16 wrote on March 27, 2013 at 8:03 am

Ah, you've convinced me...let's go ahead with the "YELLOW BRICK ROAD."