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Urbana to Host Ribbon Cutting for Completion of the Bradley Avenue Bike Lanes Project

Date: 
September 8, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm

The design update of a portion of Bradley Avenue in Urbana is complete. The Bradley Avenue Bike Lane Project, proposed in the 2016 Urbana Bicycle Master Plan, extends west on Bradley Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to the western city limit of Urbana.

Previously, Bradley Avenue was a forty-foot, two-lane road that posed safety concerns for all roadway users. A key component of the updated layout on Bradley Avenue includes narrowing of the travel lanes and the addition of a six-foot wide buffer and four-foot bike lane on the eastern portion of the roadway. The western portion of the roadway now includes narrowed and shared parking/biking lanes. The shared lanes will accommodate not only bicyclists, but also the pedestrian and vehicular traffic occurring on Bradley Avenue.

According to Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray, “The bike lanes and two-lane pavement striping have added clear definition of the driver’s and bicyclist’s space, which will result in less confusion and greater safety for all users.”

Kickapoo Rail Trail Connectivity Public Workshop

Date: 
September 7, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Weaver Park & East Urbana KICKAPOO RAIL TRAIL Connectivity Study

Public Workshop:
Thursday, September 7, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Champaign County Highway Department
1605 East Main Street, Urbana

Hosted by:  Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Urbana Park District, Champaign County Forest Preserves and the City of Urbana

Join us to:

  • Provide ideas about connecting the Kickapoo Rail Trail (KRT) to Weaver Park;
  • Provide input on what trailhead features you want to see at Weaver Park; and
  • Learn more about the KRT section opening between Urbana and St. Joseph on August 25, 2017

More Information:  KickapooRailTrail.com

Broadway Food Hall To Open This Fall

Broadway Food HallIt’s still a few months away from opening, but the Broadway Food Hall in downtown Urbana is beginning to take shape.

The food hall at 401 N. Broadway Ave. will be the first of its kind in Central Illinois, and will be host to five different restaurants and a small bar, all under one roof.

All of the restaurants will be housed in one building, with 10,000 square feet of communal dining area. Seating will mostly be at long wooden tables.

The food hall will be located in the former Four Seasons Garage Sales building, which is undergoing an extensive renovation.

Downtown Urbana developer Matt Cho is managing director of the food hall, which he described as similar to a food court, but with some noticeable differences.

“A food hall is more downtown focused, with less franchised restaurants,” he said. “There’s a local aspect to it; It’s more modern.”

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival To Emphasize Local Bands, Vendors

Date: 
August 26, 2017 - 11:00pm

sweetcorn logoThe Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is going back to its local roots.

Paris Baldarotta says she’s been thinking about ways to make the event more local for years, even before she was hired as executive director by Urbana Business Association in October 2015. The UBA organizes the festival.

“It occurred to me before I ever started at UBA,” she said. “When I attended, I wondered ‘Where are the local businesses and vendors?’ There were a lot of carnival vendors.”

This year, the local emphasis is front and center for the Aug. 25-26 festival. 

Instead of tired headline bands that had a hit song or two in the 1980s, the Sweetcorn Festival this year will feature popular local bands as headliners, including the Boat Drunks from 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday night (Aug. 25) and Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. on Saturday night (Aug. 26).

Local Officials Urge the Public to Take Extra Precautions to Stay Safe in the Heat

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and Champaign County Emergency Management Agency Urge the Public to Take Extra Precautions to Stay Safe in the Heat

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) urge everyone to watch for the symptoms of heat-related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities safe.

Heat-related illness can take many forms ranging from a mild case of heat exhaustion to a more serious and life-threatening case of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly and the body looses its ability to perspire and cool down. Rising to temperatures of 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes can result in death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.