Resurfacing work begins on several downtown Champaign streets

Resurfacing work begins on several downtown Champaign streets

CHAMPAIGN — It's single-lane traffic and delays for drivers in the center of downtown Champaign these days — and it's going to remain that way for about another week.

The city launched some resurfacing improvements Friday as part of a broader project aimed at improving safety downtown.

Proceed with caution or avoid the work zones by taking alternate routes if you can, the city pubic works department advised.

And you may have to look a bit harder for parking in some spots.

Some no-parking signs are being posted at metered spaces as the construction moves through the downtown.

Pavement work will be staggered across six downtown locations through next Friday.

Here's what to expect for this weekend and the week ahead:

— Neil and Walnut streets between University and Springfield avenues: Paving work on Wednesday.

— Chester Street from Neil to Walnut streets, Taylor Street from Neil to Market streets and Market between Main Street and University Avenue: Milling work Saturday followed by paving Thursday.

— Walnut Street from Chester to Main: Milling work Monday, then paving on Friday.

Some additional prep work for paving in this part of downtown is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the city.

Traffic in the work zones on Neil and Walnut streets is reduced to a single lane in each direction, but Chester, Taylor and Market streets are being closed to through traffic while work is going on there.

The whole schedule hangs on construction-friendly weather, but if there any delays, the work will still be done in the same order, according to the public works department.

This project has a long history and a price tag of about $1 million.

The city council first approved a study evaluating the safety of downtown intersections in 2007 and started discussions with Christie Clinic about pedestrian safety in 2013, said public works spokesman Kris Koester.

Part of the project has included construction of "bump-outs" at some downtown intersections that shorten the street-crossing distance for pedestrians, he said. Come fall, new traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of Neil and Clark and Logan and Walnut.