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New Summer Construction For C-U’s MCORE Project To Affect Traffic

The 300 block of East Green Street, Champaign.

The 300 block of E. Green St. in Champaign's Campustown, which will be closed to traffic starting May 14, for construction work as part of the MCORE Project. Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

Now that the spring semester is over at the University of Illinois, the MCORE street enhancement project is launching construction work at additional locations throughout the Urbana-Champaign campus.

If you drive on Wright Street in Champaign-Urbana to get to the U of I campus, get ready for a change of routine. Starting Monday, May 14, construction on Wright Street along a three-block stretch between Springfield Avenue and White Street will close it to southbound traffic. Only northbound traffic on that stretch of Wright Street until students return for the fall semester, while southbound motorists are detoured to 6th Street.

The construction work is part of MCORE, short for Multi-Modal Corridor Enhancement Project. MCORE is a multi-year effort to create a multi-modal corridor between downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana, passing through the University of Illinois campus. The city of Champaign is the lead partner in MCORE, along with the city of Urbana, the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

The project will upgrade Green Street and other nearby streets through the campus, to make them more accessible to many modes of traffic --- bikes, buses and pedestrians, as well as cars.

Also starting May 14, a block of Green Street between Third and Fourth Streets will be closed to traffic for the summer, due to M-CORE construction. The work will complete multi-modal enhances along Green Street from Neil Street in Champaign to Goodwin Avenue in Urbana.

The M-CORE project is due for completion at the end of 2020. When completed, it will stretch from Neil Street in Champaign to Race Street in downtown Urbana.