Road Work

Road Work

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:

City seeks $2 million from state for bridge

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign officials hope a renovated bridge carrying Bradley Avenue over Interstate 57 will help link neighborhoods west of the interstate to the rest of the city.

The current span is designed only for vehicles; the renovations will add 5-foot-wide sidewalks and 6-foot-wide bike lanes on each side.

IDOT planning upgrade for I-57/I-74 interchange

SPRINGFIELD — The Interstate 57/74 interchange northwest of Champaign is included in the Illinois Department of Transportation's new multiyear construction program, meaning it is planned for sometime between 2017 and 2023.

Tom's #Mailbag, May 20, 2016

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There's something for everyone in this week's mailbag, particularly if you drive Leverett Road. After 2 1/2 years in business, the mailbag answers its first two Leverett Road questions in one week.

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Hope dims for Wilber Heights work this year

URBANA — For another summer construction season, it appears there won't be any street or drainage improvements this year in the scruffy Wilber Heights neighborhood north of Champaign.

Officials offer no new updates on Windsor Road construction

URBANA — In the last week of March, Urbana public works officials met with Stark Excavating to discuss the caused of the delay in construction on Windsor Road.

Six weeks later, there is no update, Public Works Director Bill Gray told the Urbana City Council in a terse statement Monday.