Potholes, orange barrels: sure signs of spring

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — You’ve seen the orange barrels on the interstates and side streets: a sure sign of spring.

But while driving through Champaign. questions were raised about one road in particular: Duncan.

Why? It was spring of last year when the oil and chip road was treated.

If you drive southbound between Springfield and Kirby, you’re going to hit potholes.

The condition of the road can be attributed in large part to the weather and poor drainage.

The city doens’t intend to do major work there for another two years.

“At some point, we’ll have to stop making repairs or stretching it out,” said Kris Koester, the Administrative Services Manager at Champaign Public Works. “We’re gonna go in and instead of just resurfacing we’re gonna grind up what’s there and put something better down or, ultimately, it’d be nice to have it be an actual arterial-style street with concrete, sidewalks, lighting, things like that.”

Champaign. like every other community across the state, is optimistic about a capital bill coming from Springfield.

If you’re wondering where Champaign gets money to fix the roads:

   About $2 million a year comes from the state motor fuel tax.
    $1.55 million comes from the federal government.
    $1.4 million comes from the local motor fuel tax.
    2% of the hotel/motel tax is set aside for repairing arterial streets.

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