Category: Public Works Department News

2013 Slurry Seal Project

This year’s slurry seal project is scheduled to begin May 8 (weather pending) and will be completed within 21 working days. The contractor for this year’s project is Microsurfacing Contractors LLC from Peoria, Illinois. The project concentrates work on the oil and chip streets in the southeast portion of the City. This project will seal […]

Curtis Road Closure

In order to complete an exploratory dig for a University of Illinois gas pipeline, University of Illinois Facilities & Services will be closing Curtis Road between Staley Road and Rising Road. The closure will begin on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, and will reopen on Thursday, May 9, 2013, weather permitting. Through traffic will not be […]

Collection Totals for April’s Electronics Drive

The City of Champaign partnered with the City of Urbana, Champaign County, and the Village of Savoy to host the first electronics drive of 2013 in April. Participants recycled 113,965 pounds of electronics. Televisions were the most common item brought to the drive. This collection event had a larger turnout and response than the three […]

University Avenue Project

Starting May 13, 2013, Open Road Paving Company will begin work on University Avenue ranging from Mattis Avenue to State Street. The work will consist of pavement patching, limited curb replacement, sidewalk ramp replacement, milling off a portion of the existing surface, paving two layers of new asphalt surface, manhole adjustments, and new pavement markings. […]

City of Springfield Propane Installation

Public Works staff was invited by the City of Springfield to meet with their staff and vendors for a pilot project they began earlier this year. The project will install aftermarket liquid propane gas bi-fueling systems in 24 vehicles (17 police squad cars and 7 public works supervisor trucks), along with installing a liquid propane […]

April 2013 Public Works Service Requests

A total of 602 service requests from citizens and City staff were recorded during April 2013 in the Public Works Department. This count increased by 102 (22%) requests compared to the 494 requests that were received in March. The chart below tracks the number of requests recorded each day by staff. Seventy-one (12%) of the […]

Market Street

Cross Construction began working on the infrastructure improvements to Market Street from Kenyon Drive to Olympian Drive the middle of April. This work will replace the deteriorating section of pavement, replace sidewalk, install new street lighting, and provide a new bituminous surface and new traffic signal at Olympian Drive. Cross Construction is currently working on […]

Fourth Street

Stark Excavating has begun construction picking up on where they left off from last year’s construction on the Fourth Street project. They have completed work on the curb and gutter on Hazelwood Drive. They are preparing to start the last phase of construction, which would complete Hazelwood Drive from Fourth Street to First Street. The […]

Former Manufactured Gas Plant Clean-up Status

On Monday, April 29, Ameren is scheduled to start on what they expect to be the last phase of remediation on the former manufactured gas plant site east of Fifth and Hill Streets. The scheduled remediation consists of in-situ chemical oxidation of shallow areas near the perimeter fence and three deeper locations. There will be […]

Floodplain Remapping

On April 2, 2013 FEMA issued the final flood hazard determination for Champaign County, including the City of Champaign. The new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) will become effective on October 2, 2013 replacing our current FIRM dated January 16, 1981. The new FIRM shows a large reduction in the floodplain in the campus area, […]