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$15.7 Million Grant Awarded to Champaign-Urbana

On September 8, 2014 MTD was informed by Senator Durbin's office that the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) will award MTD a $15.7 million TIGER grant on September 12, 2014 to rehabilitate streets on core transit corridors to bring them into a state of good repair while redesigning them to safely accommodate all roadway users including bicyclists, pedestrians, vehicles, and transit riders. This grant will bring improvements across our community!

The resulting Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) Project will proceed in four phases that target centrally located community corridors. This project is possible thanks to the support of our community partners which include the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and the University of Illinois. These entities and MTD are responsible for the project’s implementation and are collectively contributing 55 percent of the total funds of $34,883,465 needed for the project.

The overarching goal of the MCORE Project is to improve mobility choices and provide increased access to jobs, healthcare, and services in the corridors that connect the downtown centers of Champaign and Urbana with the University of Illinois campus. The streets will receive improvements over a period of five years and include:

  • Armory Avenue – Fourth Street to Wright Street
  • Wright Street – Armory Avenue to White Street
  • White Street – Second Street to Wright Street
  • Green Street – Wright Street to Race Street
  • Green Street – Neil Street to Fourth Street

The improvements include extensive pavement repairs along with the development of complete street designs which include components such as bicycle/bus lanes, shared lane markings, ADA accessible curb ramps, enhanced bus stops, curb bump-outs, vehicle and pedestrian level street lighting, reduced width vehicle lanes, bus prioritization of traffic signals, and streetscape elements. The improvements made to these corridors and their intersections will increase safety for all modes of transportation.

The MCORE Project is a unified effort by all grant partners to create the infrastructure that allows for more urban growth without degradation to the quality of life enjoyed by smaller communities. Complete street land use strategies save our community significant resources over their life cycles. A tremendous thanks to our community partners and everyone who supported the application with letters. Senator Durbin in particular made a concerted effort to encourage DOT to look long and hard at Illinois projects. View the application.