In late 2008 an unprecedented coalition including local governments, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Parkland College, Champaign and Urbana Schools and private business interests came together in support of the completion of Olympian Drive. This new roadway will provide a vital link between I-57 and US 45 north of I-74, continue the growth of commercial and industrial jobs in this corridor and provide an alternative for local traffic now using I-74 to travel east and west in the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area.
Sections of the Olympian Drive corridor have been constructed. In 2002/2003, a Federal Surface Transportation Urban improvement was completed on Olympian Drive between Mattis Avenue and Apollo Drive at a total cost of about $7.6 million. In 2007/2008 Olympian Drive was extended westerly approximately 0.75 miles from Mattis Avenue toward Duncan Road at a local cost of about $3.5 million.
The construction of the remaining sections of Olympian Drive will accelerate economic development in the area north of I-74 between the Canadian National Railway and US Route 45 consistent with the existing and future land use plan designations established for this area. This will improve employment and social conditions for the Champaign-Urbana community and the region.