Public Works Master Plans

Alley Master Plan

The Alley Master Plan is designed to provide a comprehensive maintenance and improvement plan for the City’s alley system.

Beaver Lake Stormwater Master Plan

The City of Champaign retained Clark Dietz, Inc. to prepare an update of the Beaver Lake Watershed Stormwater Master Plan. The original Master Plan was prepared in 1991, with subsequent updates in 1993 and 1996. Periodic updates are necessary to incorporate additional development in the watershed.

Since the last update in January 1996, several changes have occurred. Several additional developments have been constructed along Prospect Avenue, including the Ashland residential development, Furniture Row, and the Reserves at Stamey. Interstate Drive was extended past Prospect to Neil Street, and Neil Street was extended north of Town Center Boulevard to Interstate Drive. Olympian Drive has been extended east of Market Street, and the drainage channel has been realigned along Olympian Drive to the railroad tracks. These developments have instituted a change to the proposed 1996 plan. The purpose of this plan is to reevaluate the 1996 plan considering changes that have occurred and proposed developments, specifically the development of the Apollo site and a potential regional detention basin upstream of the railroad tracks.

Boneyard Creek Executive Summary

Bridge Master Plan

The City of Champaign’s Bridge Master Plan was finalized in July 2002.  The purpose of this plan is to develop a more focused plan for maintenance and rehabilitation activities for the City’s bridges.  The City’s bridge inventory is defined as all structures that accommodate the flow of pedestrian, automobile, or railroad traffic, and includes bridges, box culverts, pip culverts, and pedestrian bridges.  The master plan identifies standards for structure maintenance and rehabilitation; establishes a structure replacement program; and develops a plan to meet these objectives.

City Facilities Master Plan

Copper Slough Watershed Master Plan

Clark Dietz, Inc. was retained to develop a Watershed Management Plan for the Copper Slough Watershed that includes recommendations to correct existing stormwater-related problems and prevent future problems from occurring as the watershed continues to develop. The study included obtaining input from City staff, key stakeholders, and residents regarding existing issues and key recommendations.

This Watershed Management Plan is intended to serve as a tool that the City’s Engineering Department can use for future planning, infrastructure design, and policymaking. It is intended to address both stormwater conveyance needs (traditional master plan elements) as well as stormwater quality issues (as mandated by recent state and federal regulations).

Corridor – Entryway Master Plan

The Corridor/Entryway (C/E) Master Plan is intended to provide a comprehensive means of defining and improving the overall appearance of Champaign’s “corridors”, “entryways” and “focal points”. The plan will help make decisions that will improve selected locations in a manner that most effectively utilizes any funding made available for this effort and also ensure that the improved site has the necessary resources to maintain its appearance.

Forestry Master Plan

The Urban Forest Master Plan is designed to provide for a comprehensive plan to protect, develop, and maintain diversified and appropriate tree plantings on City right-of-ways. This master planning effort requires that the City establish standards for protecting, planting, pruning, and removing City-owned trees; develop systematic plans for meeting these standards; identify appropriate tree plantings based on factors such as location for planting, hardiness of species, etc.; and establish a means to achieve appropriate plantings.

Interim Drainage Studies

Three watersheds within the City have been experiencing recurring flooding problems in recent years:

W Washington St Detailed Scenario Comparison

These watersheds are illustrated in Exhibit A.

Flooding in all three watersheds was exacerbated during the unusually wet years of 2008 and 2009. As a result of the recent flooding, drainage studies for these watersheds were procured to define the flooding causes and potential solutions.

Pavement Master Plan

The City Pavement Master Plan is designed to provide a comprehensive maintenance and improvement plan for the City’s pavement network.

Pavements are a critical element of transportation in society today. Pavements facilitate the movement of goods and services, and everyday commuters; they provide a smooth, all-weather, durable surface for vehicular travel; and they distribute heavy vehicle loads over a wide area of the subgrade. A comprehensive plan is needed to keep up with its maintenance needs and growth of the network.

Pavement Marking Master Plan

The purpose of this Master Plan is to provide a comprehensive maintenance and rehabilitation plan for the City’s pavement marking system.

Phinney Branch Watershed Master Plan

Clark Dietz, Inc. was recently retained to develop a watershed master plan for the Phinney Branch watershed (Council Bill No 2009-240). This work will update the 1996 Phinney Branch Creek Master Plan.

Many changes have occurred in the Phinney Branch watershed since the 1996 Master Plan was developed.

  • Much development has occurred in the watershed.
  • Regional detention, such as the Ponds of Windsor oversizing, has been constructed in the upper reaches of the watershed.
  • The City has obtained aerial photography with two foot contours, which is improved data over the USGS five foot contours used for the 1996 Master Plan model.
  • City storm sewer information has improved because the routine storm sewer cleaning and televising work implemented in the last few years also results in improved storm sewer maps.
  • Also, computer modeling software has evolved, rendering the 1996 Master Plan model unusable without update.

Therefore, the City and Drainage District have agreed that it would be prudent to update the master plan prior to undertaking the construction of major drainage capital improvements in the watershed. The Phinney Branch Master Plan update is scheduled for completion in Fall 2010.

Sanitary Sewer Maintenance, Rehabilitation, & Expansion Plan

The purpose of this report was to develop a plan to maintain, expand, and rehabilitate the City’s sanitary sewer system.

Sidewalk Master Plan

The City Sidewalk Master Plan is designed to provide a comprehensive maintenance and improvement plan for the City’s sidewalk system.

The sidewalk system is one mode of transportation widely used for easy access to neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and parks. Sidewalks enhance safety by separating vehicles and pedestrians. They are also used by many for recreation such as walking, jogging, and children playing. The sidewalk streetscape areas add to the aesthetic appeal of the Downtown and Campus areas. A comprehensive plan is needed to keep up with its growth and maintenance needs.

Sign Master Plan

The Sign Master Plan provides the organizational structure and procedures to maintain the City’s signs. It also identifies long-term deficiencies and strategies for improvement.

Signs are message boards along the roadway used to convey important information about using the transportation system. Signs are essential for regulating vehicle and pedestrians that share the transportation system. Without signs, travel would be dangerous and confusing. Signs are generally one of the least expensive items in a transportation network but they require continued maintenance to ensure the safety of users.

Street Lighting Master Plan

The purpoe of this master plan is to appraise existing lighting, create an approach for future lighting development, guidelines for establishing priorities, design guidelines, and estimate costs.

Traffic Signal Master Plan

The purpose of the Traffic Signal Master Plan is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the City’s traffic signal system. There are three tasks associated with the Master Plan.

  • Examine the current conditions, maintenance operations, and planned improvements for the City’s traffic signal system.
  • Identify areas for improvement.
  • Recommend courses of action to address those areas.

The traffic signal system is one of the key components of the City’s transportation system. The basic function of a traffic signal is to assign the right-of-way to vehicles and pedestrians at busy intersections, enhancing the safe operation of the City’s street network and reducing the potential for crashes.

Traffic signals are also flexible traffic management tools. They can be programmed to move large volumes of traffic along a major arterial, to handle large volumes of turning vehicles, or to favor pedestrian movements. Traffic signals can provide priority to emergency vehicles responding to service calls. Regardless of whether a citizen is driving a car, riding a bus, riding a bike, or walking, they utilize traffic signals in their daily activities.

Additional City of Champaign Master Plans