CHAMPAIGN — A $1.1 million project to improve the ramps at the interchange of Interstates 57 and 74, scheduled to start Tuesday, will mean some serious detours.
The work on ramps from I-74 to northbound I-57 will send drivers south and then back north. Similarly, the work on ramps from I-74 to southbound I-57 will send drivers north and then back south.
PHILO — The village board is eyeing a loan program to help pay for a project to improve downtown's main street.
The project slated for next year would involve milling and overlaying a section of Washington Street from Illinois 130 to Harrison Street at an estimated cost of $200,000.
URBANA — City officials will reveal their plans for Windsor Road during a public open house scheduled for today.
The project, which spans Windsor Road from Philo Road to Race Street, includes tearing out all of the concrete and repaving the entire road as a relatively rare chemical reaction in the existing material is causing the street to break down.
TOLONO — The village board has approved making $72,000 worth of street repairs this year.
CHAMPAIGN — For the third time, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is seeking a federal grant to rebuild five major traffic corridors in central Champaign-Urbana.
"Hopefully the third time is the charm," MTD Managing Director Bill Volk told the district's board Wednesday.
PAXTON — Street superintendent Randy Swan told the city council that a wish list of streets to be improved and paved this summer would cost $295,000. The city will not spend that much. Instead, the aldermen will rely on Swan's advice to pick the streets that need work the most.
The mayor of Urbana said nearly $8 million in funding from the state for a road project on the far east side of town is an important part of trying to develop the area.
TOLONO — The board is expected to decide at its next meeting how much money to spend on street repairs this year — and where those repairs will be made.
Two weeks ago, engineer Tim LaRocque of Foth Infrastructure and Environment presented the village board with a list of streets that could be repaired and how much those repairs would cost.
PAXTON — There will be lots of contractor activity in Paxton beginning later this month. Street department superintendent Randy Swan told the city council that Iroquois Paving secured the state bid to improve state Route 9 west of Interstate 57 and through the easternmost city limits.
SPRINGFIELD — State officials are programming money for the next phase of engineering on the daunting interchange at Interstates 57 and 74 northwest of Champaign, and local officials are hoping the project will be shovel-ready sometime next year.