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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.