DANVILLE — The resurfacing of Vermilion Street from Fairchild to the downtown will begin on Monday, but the street will remain open to traffic throughout the project, according to city officials.
The $463,000 city project that's being handled by Cross Construction of Urbana should be finished by the end of this month, according to the city. The city will also start on Monday its annual micro-surfacing program, which is a thin asphalt cement mix that takes three hours to cure. Micro-surfacing of several streets will take about five days.
On Vermilion, crews will begin Monday with the milling or removal of the existing pavement, which will be followed by installation of new asphalt pavement and striping.
Although Vermilion will remain open to traffic, there will be lane closures throughout the project, city officials said.
This will be the second and final phase of this project. The first phase done earlier this summer involved creating a landscaped median on North Vermilion between Seminary and Harrison streets and building pedestrian crosswalks in addition to the rebuilding of sidewalks, sidewalk ramps, curbs and gutters at certain spots. Big O Services of Tilton completed that $233,883 portion, which is in addition to the $463,000 second phase. Both phases are being paid for using the city's local gas tax revenue.
Once the resurfacing is complete, the striping will allow the city to reconfigure the driving lanes.
Most on-street parking will be eliminated and the current 9-foot-wide lanes will be increased to at least 101/2 feet or 12 feet at most. There will be 5-foot-wide bike lanes added on both sides of Vermilion, except in front of the federal courthouse at Harrison and Main, allowing on-street parking to be maintained there. And a center turn lane will be added from Seminary north to Williams Street.
The micro-surfacing project may include morning and afternoon work on Oct. 12. Streets will be closed to all traffic during the application and curing time, so residents are asked to adjust travel and parking accordingly.
Prior to the contractor starting work, city street sweepers will remove excess rock and debris from the streets and "no parking" signs will be placed on each street 24 hours prior to the work.
The following streets will be affected by this program: Buchanan Street south of Main Street; Bumgart Street; Cleveland Avenue from Bowman Avenue to Griffin Street; Home Street; Perrysville Avenue; Rivercrest Road; and all streets located in the Lake Shore subdivision south of Liberty Lane.