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As the pavement continues to deteriorate, Urbana officials have closed the worst parts of Windsor Road, generally between Race Street and Philo Road.
"We're trying to get this situation back to where the road is functional. Right now, we have some serious issues. It's really falling apart on us," said Craig Shonkwiler, the assistant city engineer in Urbana.
Shonkwiler said the city will be working with a local contractor to lay a cold-mix patch on sections of Windsor. "That's a temporary measure until Tuesday," he said.
If a local asphalt plant opens in time, the city then hopes to put down a hot-mix patch, which is a superior product. Asphalt plants customarily close in December and reopen in the spring. The Illinois Department of Transportation also hopes to do hot-mix patching on area interstate highways.
On westbound Windsor Road, Shonkwiler said, the outside lane from Vine to just past Race Street will be closed. On eastbound Windsor, he said, the area closed will be from Vine to just past Philo Road.
Officials are instructing travelers on Windsor to proceed with caution, and they plan to place advisory signs dropping the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph.
Windsor Road has fallen victim to a chemical problem known as an alkali-silica reaction, which causes the pavement to disintegrate on its own. The city will need to tear out the pavement and rebuild the road, but that is expected to be a project in excess of $6 million.
The city has secured a $250,000 grant from the state to work on preliminary designs for the new road, and they're hoping that will open the door for more state money in the future. Until then, city officials say they do not have the money on hand for a permanent repair to Windsor.
Champaign working overtime
Champaign officials on Thursday said the pothole spike is larger than usual this year because of the colder temperatures and larger accumulations of snow. The city has assigned more people to its pothole crews, and they are working additional hours and on weekends to fix the streets.
Residents who report potholes to the city of Champaign should expect a 48- to 72-hour turnaround on their service requests. But with continued cold and wet conditions, pothole repairs may not be permanent, and it might not be until warmer and drier weather arrives that the streets are really fixed.
IDOT targets Monday
Weather permitting, IDOT says work will begin Monday on repairs to Interstate 74 and on Mattis and Springfield avenues in Champaign.
The IDOT work will begin on sections of Mattis and Springfield avenues and then move to I-74, working from west to east. The contract includes the counties of Champaign, Dewitt, Piatt and McLean.
This project includes hot-mix asphalt removal and replacement, paint pavement marking and all other work necessary to complete the construction of this project, according to IDOT.
Milling will begin on Monday at Mattis Avenue with hot-mix asphalt being placed on Tuesday. Possible milling also will be done on Springfield Avenue on Tuesday.
The I-74 work could begin later in the week.
The anticipated completion is March 8, weather permitting. The contractor for the $658,000 project is Cross Construction.