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.