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.