With Budget In Place, MCORE Work To Resume Monday
Passage of a new state budget in Springfield means it’s back to work for construction crews on several road projects in Illinois — including the MCORE project in Champaign-Urbana’s Campustown.
Work on the project had just started when the new fiscal year began July 1st without a budget. But local officials say MCORE work will resume Monday on two sections of Green Street – in front of the U of I Illini Union in Urbana … and just east of the Canadian National railroad tracks in Champaign.
Green Street near the Canadian National tracks has been open to traffic this week — but officials say it will close again on Saturday, so construction can resume.
The MCORE project is what is known as a "state let" project. Funding from a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant is directed to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which then acts as contracting agency for the project.
Without a state budget, IDOT could not distribute the grant funds to construction crews.
Champaign City Engineer Dave Clark said in a news release that crews are ready to get back to work.
“We are pleased that a resolution has been reached in the legislature," Clark said. "Our contractor is eager to resume work on this important project for our communities.”