DANVILLE — Several designs have been proposed for resurfacing part of North Vermilion Street next year, but whichever option city officials choose, two things are for sure: Drivers will have a smoother ride and wider lanes.
The lanes are narrow on Vermilion Street between Fairchild and Harrison streets, about nine feet wide, according to city Engineer David Schnelle.
CHAMPAIGN — Work on Neil Street will continue into next week while "unanticipated underground conditions" delay the project that was expected to be completed on Friday.
Neil Street has been closed between Church Street and Park Avenue since Monday for sewer work and to add a manhole, both related to the hotel project proposed at the site of the former Metropolitan Building.
URBANA — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that, weather permitting, night work is scheduled to begin Thursday (tonight, July 26) to replace reflective pavement markers on Interstate 74 between University Avenue and I-57 in Champaign County. The work will be done between 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday.
DANVILLE — Beginning Tuesday (today, July 24), crews will be recoating almost 50 streets in the city and plan to finish Friday, weather permitting. No-parking signs will be displayed at each location 24 hours prior to the seal-coating, which involves applying a new layer of tar and chip to the existing street surface. The annual program is funded with gas tax dollars.
Seasonal construction work on area streets means some street closures beginning this week.
As part of Champaign's annual concrete street maintenance project, the concrete pavement at the intersection of Research Road, Newmark Drive and Newton Drive will be replaced. The intersection will be closed beginning Wednesday and should be reopened Monday, Aug. 13.
CHAMPAIGN — Driving south through downtown Champaign will take longer than usual next week.
A one-block stretch of Neil Street will be closed for a week starting on Monday.
Neil will be closed between Church Street and Park Avenue for sewer work and to add a manhole, both related to the hotel project proposed at the site of the former Metropolitan Building.
URBANA — Officials are crediting a 4-cent-per-gallon gas tax with funding more than $1 million in road improvements during the next 18 months, and city council members will take a bus tour today to see the areas scheduled for upgrades.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed legislation (HB4568) authorizing $1.6 billion in bonding authority for road, rail and transit projects all over Illinois.
But it has just $150,000 for one project in Illinois Department of Transportation District 5, which consists of Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Piatt and Vermilion counties.
A portion of St. Mary's Road will be closed for about six weeks starting Thursday.
Beginning at 7 a.m. that day, the road will be closed in both directions between Fourth Street in Champaign and Lincoln Avenue in Urbana for road improvements.
Besides motor vehicle traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists will not have access to the road. It is expected to reopen Aug. 23.
URBANA — Businesses at the intersection of Lincoln and University avenues in Urbana want patrons to know they'll be open next week even if getting to them might be a bit challenging.