Road Work

Local gas taxes bring repairs to roads

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly two years have passed since drivers in Champaign and Urbana started paying a 4-cent gas tax for road maintenance, and the two cities are now ramping up street maintenance with hundreds of thousands of dollars of new revenue.

So what have drivers gotten in return for their four extra cents per gallon?

Oregon to test charging for miles instead of gallons

URBANA — One of the issues local budgeters face with the gas tax model is that it's a per-gallon charge — whether gas is $1 or $4 per gallon, the amount drivers pay at the pump for road maintenance is the same.

So as gas prices go up and cars become more fuel-efficient, people buy less gas and the amount of money government agencies have to fix roads goes down.

Overnight closures planned for I-74 eastbound

Interstate 74 eastbound near Mahomet will be closed overnight Tuesday and Wednesday nights for bridge work.

The highway will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights so the final beams can be installed on the bridge carrying Lake of the Woods Road over I-74, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Parts of Sixth, John streets to be closed

CHAMPAIGN — Parts of two streets on the University of Illinois campus will be closed over the next several days.

A portion of Sixth Street will be closed beginning Monday due to electric installation work and the removal of a tower crane.

Sixth Street will be closed between Green and John streets from March 24 to March 30 for electric installation work.

Sign work to reduce Neil Street traffic Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic will be reduced on Neil Street in Champaign for most of the day Thursday to allow for the installation of a sign.

One southbound lane of Neil will be closed between Hill and Church streets from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting, while American Dowell Sign Co. installs a sign at 301 N. Neil St.

Work to close block of Second Street in Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — A block of Second Street in the campus area will be closed to through traffic for about a week starting Tuesday.

In order to install a sanitary sewer service connection at 112 E. Chalmers St., Mayfield Construction will close Second Street between Daniel and Chalmers streets.

Section of Kirby to close for two weeks for bridge repair

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Township Highway Department plans to close part of Kirby Avenue in west Champaign for almost two weeks.

Starting Monday, weather permitting, Kirby Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Holstrom Street and Cobblefield Road, near the Interstate 57 overpass.

Open house on Green Street improvements set for Wednesday

The public has a chance on Wednesday night to learn more about planned improvements to Green Street in Champaign.

An open house will be held at the Champaign Public Library from 4 to 6 p.m.

Green Street has already seen improvements from Wright to Fourth, and City Planner TJ Blakeman said officials are now looking at similar changes from Fourth to Neil.

Top of the Morning, March 10, 2014

For 12 years, it darkened downtown Champaign's doorway.


Coming to town from the north? Happy detours.

Walking around downtown at night? Not the best idea you've ever had.

The pedestrian mall — two blocks of Neil Street, part of it covered with a roof, between Church/Main and Chester Street on the north side of the City Building — lasted from 1974 to 1986.

Lake of the Woods bridge work to affect I-74

MAHOMET — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the bridge carrying Lake of the Woods Road over Interstate 74 will have new steel bridge beams erected beginning Tuesday night.

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