Road Work

Road Work

Lot of research, money goes into giving traffic signals the green light

CHAMPAIGN — When a city wants to install a new stoplight, it's not cheap.

Local public works officials estimate an intersection's traffic signals cost $250,000 to $300,000.

Just Askin' | No through traffic on Leverett Road next week

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Q: What's happening at the railroad crossing on Leverett Road?

A: Construction crews will be replacing the Canadian National Railroad crossing about 6 miles north of Urbana next week, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

New speed limit on I-74 in C-U: 60 mph

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CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Department of Transportation said it will be lowering the speed limit on Interstate 74 — from 70 mph to 60 mph — between the I-57 interchange in Champaign and the Cunningham Avenue exit in Urbana.

Construction means some new UI students get a pre-meal walk

URBANA — Dinnertime will mean a two-block walk for students at the Illinois Street Residence Halls this year, but new roomies Xavier Uribe and Rafael Martinez don't seem to mind.

"It'll help us to get to know the campus," Uribe said Thursday as the two Chicago freshmen carted a Cubs lamp and other belongings into their room at Wardall Hall.

Streets near Memorial Stadium to be closed during UI convocation

CHAMPAIGN — Some streets around Memorial Stadium will be closed to traffic Friday during the University of Illinois' new-student convocation.

Kirby Avenue from First to Fourth street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and First from Kirby to Peabody Drive will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Ahead of UI move-in day, it's good news, bad news on road work

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CHAMPAIGN — The good news for Thursday's University of Illinois move-in day is that both Green Street and Fourth Street in Campustown have reopened after summer construction projects.

Not so much Neil Street in downtown Champaign.

Champaign council to vote on first step for 2019 construction projects

CHAMPAIGN — The city council is set to vote Tuesday on taking the first steps on construction projects scheduled for next year, including replacing bricks in a downtown plaza, filling in gaps in a sidewalk in the city's northwest, repairing a bridge in the city's south and fixing two railroad crossings.

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.

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