Road Work

Road Work

Tom's #Mailbag, Dec. 16, 2016

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Vermilion board to vote on new Sidell-Fairmount road deal

SIDELL — The Vermilion County Board made a lot of residents in the southwest part of the county very happy last year by voting to take over the battered Sidell-Fairmount road from the state.

Eighteen months later, however, the transfer still has not happened and the road is still in poor condition.

Tom's #Mailbag, Nov. 11, 2016

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MCORE project delayed again as bids for road work still too costly

CHAMPAIGN — The multimillion-dollar MCORE project, designed to upgrade streets and transportation in the University of Illinois campus area, will be delayed again after construction bids came in too high for the second time.

MCORE, which stands for Multimodal Corridor Enhancement, originally was to have begun construction in August.

Windsor Road issue may be heading to court

URBANA — As the two-plus-year process of fixing a chunk of Windsor Road comes to an end, legal action might begin between the city and contractor Stark Excavating.

Assistant City Engineer Craig Shonkwiler said Tuesday that both parties have attorneys who are discussing the possibility of going to court.

Work to reopen Windsor Road to begin next week

URBANA — The process of fully reopening Urbana's section of Windsor Road to traffic will start next week.

Assistant City Engineer Craig Shonkwiler said the city and the project contractor, Stark Excavating, will begin work Monday to open all four lanes of the road.

Tom's #Mailbag, Oct. 21, 2016

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Jim Dey: 'Pandora's Box' a better name for 'lockbox' amendment

The public-relations campaign behind the so-called "lockbox" amendment — the General Assembly's latest foray into rope-a-dope politics — is working beautifully.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 30, 2016

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Urbana wants Windsor Road open by winter

URBANA — After several months of uncertainty and delayed deadlines, the newest target for Windsor Road's reopening is before winter starts, according to city documents.