The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

August 11, 2013

9 months to go on Fairchild Overpass

City remains busy with other projects

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — When Medix Ambulance president and chief executive officer Steve Sparrow was reminded that it’s just nine months until the expected opening of the new Fairchild Overpass, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm.

“We will be thrilled,” Sparrow said.

He said the time still “feels like forever” like it did when the city closed the Fairchild Subway in 2011.

He said the opening can’t come soon enough.

Sparrow also said it’s funny with this roadway being closed for as long as it has been.

Normally road closures are maybe for a few days and ambulance drivers make brief, temporary adjustments to their driving routes.

“This has just been huge ...,” Sparrow said of the long-term detour.

He said some of the rookies, the new ambulance drivers, will have to be re-trained once the new overpass opens.

Sparrow said they’re not used to driving on that part of Fairchild Street.

“We’re anxiously waiting (for it to reopen),” Sparrow said. “We just can’t wait.”

He added the ambulance service hasn’t had any major problems since the subway closure and the fire department also is on the other side to help with any life-threatening emergencies.

“It’s been going smooth,” Sparrow said.

Sparrow added that growing up in that area, he’s a little nostalgic for the subway, but the new overpass is going to be nice.

The ramps and walls for the overpass have taken shape for the project that remains on schedule for a May 2014 completion.

The deteriorated Fairchild Subway was filled in and is being replaced with an overpass between Rogers Street and Bowman Avenue.

The new 1,200-foot long structure includes two bridges, over railroad tracks and roadway, and retaining walls.

O’Neil Brothers had been removing temporary sheet pile and forming the pier cap. Structural steel also will be set to go over the railroad tracks this month.

Text Only
Local News
  • County to improve portion of Perrysville Road DANVILLE -- Perrysville Road will be the focus of roadwork by Vermilion County Highway Department crews this year. The Vermilion County Board approved a resolution this week to fund the county's portion of the project, which will stretch southeast fr

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-CN 04-17 Job fair photo Job fair proves popular DANVILLE -- Lorie Ricksy of Danville was all smiles as she was asked to fill out yet another job application Wednesday morning at Danville Area Community College's Career Connections Job Fair. "It's been awesome," she said as she stopped at the emplo

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Public housing flat rate rents see changes DANVILLE -- Public housing residents who pay flat rate rents will see increased rents this year. A letter sent to residents last month was in the agenda packet for today's DHA board of commissioners meeting at 4 p.m. at Churchill Towers' community ro

    April 17, 2014

  • Police Reports Incidents reported to police include: Danville Monday: Property damage at Clover Signs, 806 E. Main St. Property damage in the first block of Park Avenue. Burglary in the 2500 block of East Williams Street. Domestic battery in the 1100 block of North

    April 17, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls: Monday, 11:34-11:40 a.m. -- A medical call in the 700 block of Wayne Street. Monday, 11:37-11:56 a.m. -- A medical call in the 1200 block of Chandler Street. Monday, 5:07-5:15 p.m. -- A medical call in t

    April 17, 2014

  • Run to benefit camp

    April 16, 2014

  • Digital checkout limit increased

    April 16, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston council hears water project update

    Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, updated city council members Tuesday on the continuing progress of the ground and elevated water storage tank project.

    April 16, 2014

  • Trojans get past Ramblers

    STAFF REPORT sports@dancomnews.com ATTICA, Ind. -- Regan Foster hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Covington softball team defeated Attica 8-5 on Tuesday in Wabash River Conference action. Andi Taylor had three hi

    April 16, 2014

E-edition
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America
Must Read