UI getting money to improve campus roads

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com

Published 02/06 2014 05:43PM

Updated 02/07 2014 10:11AM

Update: 10:04 pm
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Bringing more jobs and driving the economy forward. That's the idea behind a new UI construction project. The state is spending $750,000 to make getting around campus easier.

It's a hefty price-tag, all to put in stoplights, repair pavement and add bike lanes. Cyclists in the community say the bike lanes will make a difference and it's money well-spent.

The changes are happening on Sixth Street between Armory and Gregory, as well as Stadium Drive and South Neil Street. Local companies will do the work, creating construction jobs for people in the area.

Cyclists and community leaders say, most importantly, the changes will make campus safer for everyone with the construction and electrical work. The final price-tag is $748,000.

The project is part of the state's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Program. The hope is to put in more than 439,000 jobs over six years.
Original: 5:43 pm
CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Governor Pat Quinn says nearly $750,000 is headed to the UI. It will go toward roadwork on campus. Streets will be repaved, traffic lights will be replaced and bike lanes will be added. He says the project will make campus safer and easier for bicyclists to navigate.

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