The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 19, 2013

Area transportation projects receive funding

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Funding is in place for several transportation projects in the city and county, including a new Danville Mass Transit transfer zone facility and bridge replacements on Griffin and Voorhees Streets.

State officials this week unveiled a six-year, $12.62 billion construction program to improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation.

Projects programmed during fiscal years 2015-2019 in Vermilion County include:

Resurfacing 29.6 miles and bridge deck repairs on Interstate 74, from University Avenue in Urbana to the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River in Danville. It is programmed at a cost of $37.9 million.

A bridge replacement on Illinois 119 over the North Fork of the Vermilion River, two miles east of Illinois Route 1 in Vermilion County. It is programmed at a cost of $2.5 million.

A bridge replacement and construction engineering on Griffin Street at Stoney Creek in Danville. It is programmed at a cost of $1.9 million. This is a local Illinois Major Bridge Program project that is contingent upon the city providing matching funds.

A bridge replacement and construction engineering on Voorhees Street at Stoney Creek, near Collett Street. It is programmed at a cost of $1.4 million. This also is a local Illinois Major Bridge Program project that is contingent upon the city providing matching funds.

Replace the Danville Mass Transit Facility, funded by $1.606 million from the state of Illinois and $1.29 million in federal funding.

With funding identified for a new $2.8 million DMT bus transfer zone downtown, with a new building and bus loading/unloading area, groundbreaking can occur this year.

Urban services director David Schnelle, with the city, said all funding is set for the South Griffin Street project. That project is being engineered, with 2015 being the earliest construction date.

Schnelle said the city also had more recently applied for the Voorhees Street bridge funding.

There’s isn’t a timeline yet on the Voorhees Street bridge deck replacement. It also will be widened and abutment repairs will be made.

The needed work was determined with the previous Voorhees Street bridge project, over the no longer used Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks.

Local matching funds for the projects will come from motor fuel tax funding.

In a press release, state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, said “Our area is home to many aging bridges and miles of aging roadway that are in serious need of improvement for our families’ safety. A safe, modern infrastructure system is also crucial to help our communities compete for new employers that create jobs.”

“The inclusion of these local improvements (in Vermilion and Champaign counties) in IDOT’s long-range plan is good news for east central Illinois,” Hays said.

IDOT’s six-year plan also includes funding to purchase new Danville Mass Transit buses.

The total cost of the statewide construction program is $12.62 billion during the next six years, of which $7.2 billion comes from the federal government, $1.9 billion from state funds and the rest from local and other sources.