Road Work

Road Work

Tom's #Mailbag, Aug. 26, 2016

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Tom's #Mailbag, Aug. 12, 2016

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Two UI campus parking garages closed for work on brick facades

CHAMPAIGN — Two busy campus parking garages are shuttered for repairs this week as crews work to fortify the brick facades of each following the collapse of one portion of the facade last month.

On July 10, a Sunday morning, a 24-by-8-foot section of brick fell off the south facade on the C7 parking garage at Sixth and John streets, exposing the concrete wall underneath.

Tom's #Mailbag, Aug. 5, 2016

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Deal excludes new revenue, to many lawmakers' dismay

SPRINGFIELD — There's a lot that isn't in the "stopgap" budget plan approved by Illinois lawmakers Thursday: a full year's worth of spending, any part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and any new revenue to help pay for the new spending and to pay down the state's nearly $8 billion bill backlog.

Hello, new budget year

Unlike a certain Midwestern state, the cities of Champaign and Urbana will officially be operating under new budgets starting July 1.

Local projects face shutdown

Nearly a dozen road, bridge and trail projects in East Central Illinois could grind to a halt in two weeks in the absence of a new state budget.

Rough roads in Champaign: Part IV

Across Champaign, well-traveled stretches of road are high on the city's must-fix list, but the repairs are long overdue because of a lack of funding. The city is hoping a recently approved increase in the hotel-motel tax, from 5 to 7 percent, will help expedite a 14-year backlog of work on asphalt arterial streets.

Westbound I-74 to be closed overnight near Mahomet

MAHOMET — A portion of Interstate 74 will be closed early Monday morning for an emergency resurfacing project.

This marks the second emergency closure on the highway within a week.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Brad Kane said the closure will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to complete the project.

Rail crossing work scheduled in Vermilion County

CSX crews will be replacing ties in a number of railroad crossings in the northern part of Vermilion County, starting later this month. The work tentatively will take place from around June 20 through July 1.

Crossings will be closed while the work is being done, and several roads may be closed at the same time.

The crossings include: