Work to make pedestrian access to Stratton safer
CHAMPAIGN — Work is scheduled to begin today on a street and sidewalk project that aims to make getting to school safer for Stratton Elementary students.
The federally-funded project will include a revamped pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Neil and Eureka streets, school zone signs and flashers. The pedestrian crossing will include a raised "refuge median" for pedestrians who get caught in between lanes, and new sidewalks will go in along both Eureka and Neil streets.
City resident engineer Louis Braghini said the work should be completed by Aug. 15. The flashers will make drivers more aware of the school zone, he said, and the refuge median will be a "safe haven" for crossers.
The new sidewalks will line the west side of Neil Street between Edgebrook Drive and Kenyon Road and along Eureka Street between Neil and Walnut streets.
The city is paying for the $183,758 project with a federal Safe Routes to School grant it received in 2012.
Streets will remain open while the work is happening, but drivers should be aware of periodic lane closures. Braghini said the two-week construction period is a very quick turnaround and asks that drivers be patient while the new features are installed.