Car drives into fresh concrete

Car drives into fresh concrete

URBANA — A motorist found himself in an unusually sticky situation in downtown Urbana Friday afternoon.

Urbana police Lt. Bob Fitzgerald said about 1:10 p.m. Frank Stephens, 64, of Urbana drove his 2004 Honda directly into a freshly poured stretch of concrete on Broadway Avenue south of Main Street just west of the county courthouse.

"They're redoing the road and he drove into the new cement. There were barricades but he thought that was the way to go," said Fitzgerald, who got a briefing from another officer who talked to Stephens. Apparently, the pour had just been completed and there was no tape up between the barricades yet.

"He was trying to change lanes and didn't realize the road was closed," Fitzgerald said.

Much of downtown Urbana is a motorist's nightmare right now, with road construction projects limiting traffic to single lanes in some places and street lights having been replaced with temporary stops signs in others.

Fitzgerald said Broadway was closed for about 45 minutes while Stephens' car was pulled out of the concrete. The incident remains under investigation and no tickets had been issued.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 13, 2013 at 12:07 am
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Much of downtown Urbana is a motorist's nightmare right now


Nonsense. Right now, downtown Urbana is far more appealing to motorists & cyclists than it's been in 30 years.


The ill-timed traffic lights have given way to temporary 4-way stop signs. You can actually get through within the hour.

Orbiter wrote on July 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Headline should read "Poorly managed construction project ensnares auto".


It's truly amazing how poorly the local construction companies handle traffic control and signage. Missing signs. Incompetent traffic flagging/direction signals. Haphazard cone and barrel arrangements to confuse drivers.


Poor Mr. Stephens has my sympathies.