Dr. Howard: James Street closed, see traffic plan

We are excited to move ahead on construction of the new Dr. Howard Elementary school with Broeren Russo Builders, Inc. The City of Champaign Public Works Department has awarded a construction contract to Stark Excavating for Phase 3 of the W. Washington Drainage Improvements project. You will soon see construction activity at the site for both of these projects to include:

  • February 18 - 22, 2019  Removal of James St., historic light poles between W. Park Ave. and University Ave. These poles will be removed and restored by the City of Champaign. The renovated light poles will be returned to this block of James St. when construction progress allows.

  • February 20 - 22  In preparation for their construction activities, Broeren Russo Builders, Inc. will be performing site investigations to document existing conditions of the site and adjacent properties. Neighbors: please see their attached notice for your information and consideration. From February 21 - March 1, PACA is working with construction manager Broeren Russo to salvage from three surrounding residential homes in preparation for demolition the week of March 4.

  • March 4  Closure of James St. between W. Park Ave. and University Ave. for start of construction. For information about street closures for the West Washington Watershed project, see the February 26, 2019, update from the City of Champaign here. The existing construction fencing will be moved to close the site to public access throughout the duration of the project.  Please see the attached traffic control plan for an illustration of planned fencing and construction traffic flow.

  • March 4 - 8 Demolition of three homes at 105 N. James St., 1201 W. Park Ave., and 1203 W. Park Ave.

Our goal is to keep you informed of our progress and share any potential impact construction may have on the neighborhood. Regular communication updates can be found on our referendum projects website: https://referendumprojects.champaignschools.org/projects/dr-howard-elementary.

For more information about the W. Washington Drainage project and traffic lane closures associated with work by the City of Champaign Public Works Department, please visit the W. Washington St. Drainage Improvements website at http://champaignil.gov/public-works/.

We are excited about the Dr. Howard Elementary school construction project and look forward to a completed school in August 2020.  We thank you for your support and patience while we work to provide improved schools for our community.