State funds to pay for widening of High Cross Road

State funds to pay for widening of High Cross Road

The mayor of Urbana said nearly $8 million in funding from the state for a road project on the far east side of town is an important part of trying to develop the area.

Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday announced around $7.7 million to pay for the widening of Illinois 130, better known as High Cross Road, from two lanes to four lanes from East University Avenue to Windsor Road.  Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray said the project is 100% state funded as part of the Illinois Jobs Now program.

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing said widening the road will help draw business and residential development to that location.

The project was a part of nearly $16 million announced Thursday that the state is investing in construction projects in East Central Illinois.  Other work includes Fourth Street on the University of Illinois campus with new pavement, bike lanes, improved crossings and new traffic signals.  Also, Interstate 74 will receive some patchwork in Champaign, DeWitt, Piatt and Vermilion Counties, as will Interstate 57 in Champaign County.

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pattsi wrote on April 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

I am confused--does this money to build more roads, including Olympian and Lincoln, come with a maintenance budget, aka the problems on Windsor right now. Every time more road surfaces are created means maintenance, run off, less permeable surfaces, less farm land, conducive to increasing sprawl, etc. All of this is counter to the video just released at the Scharlau economic lecture earlier this week and endorsed by Chancellor Wise.

This comment applies to any new roads because there are dwindling gas tax dollars for maintenance, which is presently a topic of conversation to increase the gas tax.

787 wrote on April 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

Yet another massive waste of state money, on a project that's a joke... by a democrat governor of a state that is billions in debt.

Now there will be an unneccesary four lane road, along side of the Mayor's pedestrian bridge that leads to a closed business.

Did the Queen Mayor find it necessary to childishly smear Carle Hospital on this one as well?

This four lane expansion is for a Menard's store that will likely never exist.  Who wants to come into Urbana under the Queen Mayor's rule?

Drive the rest of the Route 130 towards Philo, and you will find a road that is falling apart.  Yet that stretch isn't planned to be resurfaced anytime soon.