URBANA — North Race Street over the Boneyard Creek will open to through traffic temporarily next week before it is shut down again the following week, but a city engineer says all the road work in downtown Urbana should clear up by the end of the month.
North Race Street between University Avenue and Griggs Street will open to through traffic beginning Monday until Oct. 14. On Oct. 14, city officials will close the road again to rebuild the intersection of Race and Griggs streets.
The road will reopen on Oct. 28. Race Street has been closed since March, when workers began replacing its bridge over the Boneyard Creek and reconstructing the street between University Avenue and Main Street.
The work, part of a $7.9 million beautification of the area immediately around the creek, has been delayed several times by unforeseen problems.
While Race Street is open, workers will begin a two-day resurfacing of Broadway Avenue between University Avenue and Water Street, which has been part of the detour route since Race Street closed. Workers will grind off the surface of Broadway Avenue on Wednesday and repave it on Thursday. The work will not require a road closure.
When the repaving is done, lane configurations on Broadway Avenue will change. There will be one lane of travel in each direction, flanked by bicycle lanes on both sides of the street.
More resurfacing work will happen in downtown Urbana next week, too. On Sunday, workers will begin resurfacing portions of Main, Water and Race streets and Broadway Avenue. Work on those segments will be done overnight, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and is expected to be finished by Oct. 13.
Senior civil engineer Brad Bennett said all of the resurfacing should be done around the same time. That means, for most of downtown Urbana, road work will clear up around the end of the month.
Bennett said the city is appreciative of drivers' patience with the lane closures and detours.
"We think they'll be happy with the end product," Bennett said.