State to hold hearing in Urbana on highway plan

URBANA — The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold an open house on the proposed IDOT District 5 multiyear program and the statewide Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Champaign County Highway Building, 1605 E. Main St, U.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the current multiyear program, current programming procedures and other statistical information that will be available for inspection and viewing. Feedback from the informational meeting will help District 5, headquartered in Paris, to develop its multiyear program.

The current 2014-2019 five-year program is available online at http://www.dot.state.il.us/hip1419/html/maintoc.htm.

Among its local highlights:

— Resurfacing and bridge deck repairs for 30 miles of Interstate 74 from University Avenue in Urbana to the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in Danville, at an estimated cost of $37.9 million.

— Two miles of widening and resurfacing of Illinois 130 (High Cross Road) from U.S. 150 to Windsor Road in Urbana at a cost of $9.1 million.

— Resurfacing of 6 miles of U.S. 45 south of Tanner Street in Rantoul to 1.5 miles south of Thomasboro at a cost of $9 million.

— Resurfacing and safety improvements on Interstate 74 between Illinois 47 in Mahomet and Interstate 57 in Champaign at a cost of $8.6 million

— Resurfacing and new shoulders, culvert replacements, intersection and safety improvements and land acquisition on 8.5 miles of Illinois 47 from U.S. 136 to Interstate 74 in Mahomet at a cost of $8.3 million.

— Resurfacing and new shoulders on 6 miles of U.S. 150 from Illinois 130 in Urbana to Elm Street in St. Joseph at a cost of $7.4 million.

— Resurfacing and safety improvements on 10 miles of Illinois 9 from Arrowsmith Road to the Ford County line at a cost of $5.6 million.

— Resurfacing, new shoulders, culvert replacement and safety improvements on 10 miles of Illinois 133 from U.S. 45 in Arcola to east of Hindsboro at a cost of $5 million.

— Resurfacing of 15 miles of U.S. 45 from the north side of Tolono to U.S. 36 in Tuscola at a cost of $4.1 million.

— A pedestrian overpass on Curtis Road at Interstate 57 at a cost of $1.3 million.

— A new facility for Danville Mass Transit, with $1.6 million in state funding and $1.3 million in federal funding.

— $8 million for widening of various taxiways at the University of Illinois Willard Airport.

No formal presentations are planned. IDOT representatives will be available to answer individual questions and receive comments on the proposed multiyear program. Comment sheets will be provided for those who wish to provide a written statement. Comments received at this meeting or sent to the District 5 office (13473 IL Highway 133, Paris, IL) by Oct. 18 will be included in the official record.

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