The Boneyard Creek is one of six watersheds within the City of Champaign, Illinois. The Boneyard Creek watershed includes the oldest parts of the City, including the downtown area and “Campustown”, a business area adjacent to the University of Illinois campus. The current Boneyard Creek master plan outlines seven phases of improvements to the Boneyard Creek watershed.
Phase 1 project construction is complete. Phase 1 consisted of the following projects:
- City of Champaign’s Healey Street Detention Basin, centered on Locust and Healey Streets,
- City of Champaign’s Campustown Channel and Detention Project, along the Boneyard Creek between First and Wright Streets, and
- University of Illinois’ Boneyard Creek Improvements between Wright Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project is Phase 2 of the Boneyard Creek master plan and consists of three construction phases:
- Scott Park Drainage Improvements
- Second Street Basins
- Storm Sewer Construction
The Scott Park Drainage Improvements were constructed in 2008 and 2009. The improvements consist of an underground storm sewer to carry the Second Street Basins’ low flow and a reconstructed surface flow Boneyard Creek. Flood flows are routed to the underground storm sewer initially, then are split between the underground storm sewer and surface creek. The project includes a bridge, lighting, multiuse paths and landscaping. Native plantings are used in a bioswale, rain garden and along the stream banks.
In addition to the City’s work in Scott Park, the Champaign Park District coordinated the development of a Scott Park Master Plan for park improvements with the City’s project planning and reconstructed the remainder of the park in 2009.
Second Street Basins project defines drainage and aesthetic improvements generally along Second Street from Springfield Avenue to University Avenue. The drainage improvements outlet to the previously constructed Scott Park project. The improvements consist of the excavation and construction of two detention basins, one south of White Street and the second basin north of White Street. The basins are 15- to 20-feet deep and have a 100-year storm storage of 41.5 acre-feet. Stoughton Street will be closed across the detention basins, White Street will remain open between the basins after project construction, and Clark Street west of the basins will be reoriented to connect to Second Street north of the project.
Retaining walls will be constructed on the east side of the basins and on both sides of White Street. The west side of the basins will have a walkable side slope. Concrete recreational paths will be constructed within the basins. The east side of the South Basin will have a “promenade”, a wide walkway overlooking the basin that is four feet lower than the sidewalk on the west side of Second Street. The South Basin will have a permanent pool (pond) at the bottom and the North Basin will have the Boneyard Creek flowing across the bottom of the basin. The Boneyard Creek in the North Basin will be reconstructed in a similar fashion to the section reconstructed across Scott Park.
Water features included in the project keep the water oxygenated for improved water quality. Native vegetation will be planted along the Boneyard Creek for stream stabilization and water quality. Wetland plantings will be installed between the pond or creek and the east retaining wall. Bioswales and a rain garden will be installed to receive drainage from Second Street and allow filtration by plants and soil. A rain garden will be also installed to receive the drainage from University Avenue.
Other improvements include the integration of the historic Stone Arch Bridge into the project, parking improvements along the reconstructed Second Street and Clark Street, lighting around the basins and along the paths within the basins, landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, and drinking fountains. The project will connect to the University Avenue streetscape on the north and extend streetscape lighting to the First Street streetscape on the west side of the project. The project is substantially as shown in Exhibit A, a rendering dating from 2007 prior to final design. Some project features changed in final design, particularly the shape of the North Basin.
The Storm Sewer Project will reduce flooding at the railroad viaducts in this area and along Logan, Clark, and Randolph Streets. An 8’ x 6’ storm sewer will be constructed west of First Street on White/Logan/Clark Streets. The storm sewer box culvert will discharge into the Second Street Detention Basins that are currently under construction west of Second Street between Springfield and University Avenues. Tributary storm sewers to the mainline box culvert will also be constructed in the following locations:
- Water Street from Logan Street to Springfield Avenue
- Water Street north from Logan Street, through the MTD parking lot to Chester Street
- Randolph Street from Clark Street to White Street
Logan/Clark Streets and Water Street will be reconstructed with streetscape features and new street lighting. Landscaping will be added along Logan and Clark Streets. Bicycle lane striping will be added to Logan, Clark, and Randolph Streets.
Two former railroad siding bridges on either side of the Logan Street Canadian National Railroad Bridge will be removed as part of this project to improve the Logan Street corridor appearance and remove the need for bridge repairs.
The goals for the Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention project are to provide a high quality, aesthetic public project that provides the following: 100 year flood protection downstream, further revitalization of the neighborhood, a recreational amenity, and enhanced circulation between the Campustown and Downtown.
Second Street Basins Project Schedule & Status
Lots of wild life has moved into the Second Street Detention Basin! Check out the Second Street Detention Basin Photo Gallery to see photos that have been submitted of the wildlife in their new home.
Storm Sewer Project Schedule & Status
As of May 12, 2010
This project is identified on the construction signs as the Logan/Water Street Reconstruction, Part of the Boneyard Creek Improvements. Construction of this project started May 3 with the closure of Logan Street west of First Street. This work will be impacting traffic south and east of the downtown area of the City of Champaign for the remainder of 2010.
The attached Plan Sheet A 7.1 illustrates the project extent and defines the project construction phases.
The timing of later construction phases depends on the progress achieved in earlier phases. Project completion is scheduled for December 17, 2010.
Boneyard Creek Contract C Schedule and Status
Status reports for the projects also appear about every 2 weeks in the Weekly Activity Report.
Links to Additional Project Information
- October 25, 2005 Study Session Report
“Boneyard Creek Improvements Phase 2 – Preliminary Design: Second Street Detention“
- Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project Request for Letters of Interest and Qualification
- Addendum to Request for Letters of Interest & Qualification
- Lower Boneyard Creek Improvement Plan, Executive Summary, Revised July 2001
- Preliminary Cost Estimate based on July 2001 Updated Layout
- Master Plan for the Burnham Hospital Redevelopment
- “Boneyard Creek Phase 2 Improvements Program Development Summary Report Draft May 26, 2006 – Revised July 11, 2006”
- September 13, 2006 Study Session Report, Joint Meeting City Council & Park District,
“Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Revised Concept Alternatives“
- January 9, 2007 Study Session Report
“Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Recommended Concept, SS 2007-001“
- July 17, 2007 Post Council Study Session Report
“Financing Major Capital Projects, SS 2007-047”
- July 25, 2007 Study Session Report
“Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Concept Update, SS 2007-051“
- In 2007, Council adopted a Plan of Finance (Council Bill 2007–259) describing the intended method of financing several capital improvements projects. This included financing a fast construction schedule for the Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project by issuing debt. The fast phasing entails Scott Park construction in 2008 and Second Street Detention Basin construction in 2009 and 2010.
- Council approved an engineering services agreement with Foth in the amount of $995,034 for the final design of the Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project by Council Bill 2007-294 on November 20, 2007.
- Council and the Park Board reviewed the Scott Park Improvements in a Joint Session on March 26, 2008. Information was presented on the overall Boneyard Creek Second Street Detention Project components and schedule, the Scott Park Drainage Improvements, the Park Master Plan, and ongoing City and Park District Coordination.
- Council accepted a bid for the Scott Park Project A/M (Materials) for manufacture and delivery of precast concrete structures for installation across Scott Park and Springfield Avenue under a separate contract by Council Bill 2008-072 on April 15, 2008.
- Council approved Amendment No. 3 to the intergovernmental agreement with the Champaign Park District by Council Bill 2008-101 on May 20, 2008. Amendment No. 3 allows the construction and establishes the maintenance responsibilities for the Boneyard Creek drainage improvements across Scott Park.
- On June 17, 2008, Council accepted a bid for $1,907,133.67 from Stark Excavating, Inc. for the construction of Scott Park drainage improvements by Council Bill 2008-141, authorized the purchase of engineering services for Scott Park construction administration in the amount of $274,936 by Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC by Council Bill 2008-142, and approved an agreement with AmerenIP in the amount of $54,472.41 to relocate overhead electric distribution lines underground on Second Street and Locust Street by Council Bill 2008-143.
- Only July 14, 2009, Council accepted a bid for $10,750,318.49 from O’Neil Bros., a division of MACC of Illinois, Inc. for the construction of the Second Street Basins drainage improvements (Council Bill 2009-141), authorized the purchase of engineering services for Second Street Basins construction administration in the amount of $680,641 by Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC (Council Bill 2009-142), approved an agreement with AmerenIP in the amount of $17,605.50 to relocate overhead electric distribution lines underground on First and Second Street (Council Bill 2009-143), and approved an agreement in an amount estimated at $63,488.75 with Illinois American Water to reimburse the City actual construction cost for water main relocation and construction (Council Bill 2009-144).
- On February 2, 2010, Council approved a Plan of Finance and waived application of the City’s Infrastructure Cost-Sharing Policies for drainage improvements for Boneyard Creek Second Street Reach, John Street Storm Sewer, and Washington Street East Watershed Improvement Projects (Council Bill 2010-009).
- On March 2, 2010, Council approved a bond ordinance to issue debt in the approximate amount of $25.62 million to finance three drainage projects: Boneyard Creek Second Street Reach, John Street Storm Sewer, and Washington Street East Watershed Improvement Projects (Council Bill 2010-026).
Assistant City Engineer
City of Champaign
Public Works Department
702 Edgebrook Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820