The $44 million Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project, designed to improve access for all modes of transportation on campus and neighboring areas including Green Street, Armory Avenue, White Street and Wright Street, will begin work in early March. New streetscape improvements, a transit-boarding island on Green Street, reconfigured Illini Union vehicle entrance and parking, all-way pedestrian crossings and protected bicycle lanes are some of the features designed to improve travel links from Campustown to downtowns in Urbana and Champaign. All businesses will be open and reachable throughout the project.
The project will affect vehicular and pedestrian traffic, including detours and street and sidewalk closures. Message boards will be placed to notify the public one week before work begins. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to slow down, exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs and devices. Bus routes will be rerouted and bus stops may be temporarily relocated. Up-to-date information will be available at www.cumtd.com.
Project partners are the cities of Champaign and Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and Illinois, in coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation. The project is funded in part by a $15.7 million Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Work is expected to be finished in late 2018. A map and more information is available at www.mcoreproject.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCORECU and Twitter @MCOREproject.