Windsor Road work is subject of open house in Urbana today

Windsor Road work is subject of open house in Urbana today

URBANA — City officials will reveal their plans for Windsor Road during a public open house scheduled for today.

The project, which spans Windsor Road from Philo Road to Race Street, includes tearing out all of the concrete and repaving the entire road as a relatively rare chemical reaction in the existing material is causing the street to break down.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, and two-way traffic is expected to be maintained at all times.

When the project is completed by fall 2015, the rebuilt road will have some new features, too: A five-foot grass median along its entire length, except for intersections; accessible pedestrian signals at Windsor Road and Race Street; and flashing beacons at the Vine Street crosswalk to Meadowbrook Park.

The rebuild is expected to cost somewhere between $5 million and $6 million. The city will receive $2.5 million in federal money and plans to issue bonds to finance the rest. City officials are budgeting to pay off those bonds at a rate of $320,000 annually for the next 10 years.

The plans will be available for public viewing during an open house today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Philo Road Church of Christ, 2601 S. Philo Rd. The meeting is informal — no presentation is planned, but staff from the city and the engineering firm which design the new road will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the project.

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