The roundabout at Monument Square will be undergoing some changes in 2019. Below are updates and a project summary.
Update 4/2/19 - Coverage of Urbana's proposed roundabout project is seen on the WHIO Channel 7 evening news 4/1, on the Springfield News-Sun website 4/2 and on the Urbana Daily Citizen website 3/30.
Update 3/26/19 - NPL on behalf of Columbia Gas of Ohio will be performing small gas line relocations at various spots around downtown in preparation for the City’s US 36/US 68 Intersection Improvement Project. The gas work should begin the week of 4/1. Public parking areas will be affected as NPL tries to avoid the travel lanes.
Update 3/20/19 - R.B. Jergens Contractors of Vandalia approved by Council as the contractor with the lowest and best bid at a price of $1,808,913.09.
Update 3/11/19 - Rebid date for the US 36/US 68 Intersection Improvement Project (ODOT PID 103793, CHP-US36-14.88).
Update 2/19/19 - Letters were sent to owners and businesses within the downtown district notifying them of approaching construction and what to expect.
Update 2/7/19 - Bid date for the US 36/US 68 Intersection Improvement Project (ODOT PID 103793, CHP-US36-14.88). (Note: Project will be rebid.)
The City has obtained funding to make improvements to the Monument Square roundabout (Safety Grant, Small Cities Grant and Urban Resurfacing Grant through ODOT). This next evolution involves safety improvements such as curbing and a truck apron that will better guide traffic. Pedestrian safety is a top priority as well. Center splitter islands on the approaches will provide a "refuge" area for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Rectangular rapid flashing beacons are planned to enhance driver awareness of pedestrians intending to use the crosswalk. A concept drawing of the new and improved roundabout is linked below.
Due to their age, water mains, services, valves and hydrants will also be replaced downtown during the course of the project. An Ohio Public Works Commission 0% interest loan will pay for most of this portion of the project.
Detours will be signed depending on the leg of the square under construction. Plans for these state and local detours are linked below.
Access to parking lots and alleyways will be affected while the project progresses. Read more about that and pedestrian access in the following letter.
City of Urbana