Road Work

Road Work

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com):

Metra announces 2018 construction

CHICAGO (AP) — As many Chicagoans know, spring may mean warm weather, but it also means the start of construction season.

Metra this week released its list of construction projects planned for 2018.

Champaign council approves $1 million contract for road work

CHAMPAIGN — The city council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $1,048,968.50 contract for its 2018 Concrete Street Improvements project.

The deal is with Kinney Contractors Inc., of Raymond, and the project will see the replacement of about 1.34 lane miles of pavement, according to a city staff report. Work will be done at three areas:

IDOT begins work on two sections of I-74 near St. Joseph, Ogden

OGDEN — The Illinois Department of Transportation began work Monday on two sections of Interstate 74 east of Champaign-Urbana.

The first is a segment from High Cross Road in Urbana to 2 miles east of the St. Joseph interchange (Exit 192), with lane closures beginning on or about April 16, weather permitting.

Wind blows tree over on Lincoln

URBANA — Urbana public works and arbor department employees are cleaning up the remains of a mature tree that fell across Lincoln Avenue on the University of Illinois campus this afternoon.

The wind apparently blew over the tree, which appeared to be rotting, said Urbana police Sgt. Kary Keleher. It was reported to Urbana police about 4:10 p.m.

Report: Crumbling streets cost Illinois drivers $16.4 billion a year

CHAMPAIGN — More than a third of Illinois' major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and that's racking up billions of dollars in extra costs every year for drivers, according to a new report.

Cities' road-maintenance funds don't stretch as far as they used to

CHAMPAIGN — That last pothole you hit may have cost you more than you think.

The average driver in and around Champaign-Urbana loses nearly $1,500 a year due to damage caused by traveling on roads that are deteriorated, congested and lack some safety features, according to the nonprofit transportation research group TRIP.

Neil Street corridor on the road to a revamp

CHAMPAIGN — Multi-use trails. A bike path. More trees.

These are some of the features that made the cut in the city's new Neil Street corridor renovation plan, an effort to spruce up one of the most frequented parts of Champaign — the section that runs from Interstate 74 to downtown.

All signs point to traffic lights? City officials still must stop and think

When an intersection becomes too busy for stop signs, cities turn to the manual.

That is, the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

"We follow the procedures strictly in that manual," said Craig Shonkwiler, an assistant city engineer for Urbana.