Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to questions commonly asked:
Q: What exactly will be done to Main Street?
Main Street from Pine Street to Collett Street will
be completely removed and replaced. New concrete pavement, curb and
gutter, entrances, sidewalks, storm sewer, traffic signals and
pavement markings will provide motorists with a safer, better
looking highway. Walnut Street will be changed to a two way street
at the request of the City of Danville. Parking will no longer be
permitted along Main Street. The City will install new street lights
throughout the project.
Q: Is there really a need for this project?
The existing pavement is several decades old and the
cost of repairing it exceeds the cost of building a new road. The
grades and slopes of the road in relation to the buildings will not
allow an overlay. The road would have to be ground down so much to
meet the buildings there would not be enough of the existing
pavement thickness left to use as a base. The existing lanes are
very narrow – 11 feet and in some places 10 feet wide. The modern
standard width is 12 feet. Presently the curb is next to the edge of
pavement. A 2 feet wide gutter will be built with the curb that will
provide a buffer between traffic and the sidewalk. The existing
pavement surface has been worn smooth. The new surface will have
more friction that will reduce the distance needed to stop quickly.
This will reduce wet weather accidents. The new storm sewer system
will remove storm water runoff from the road faster. Narrow side
streets make turning difficult. These side streets will be widened
to make turns easier and more comfortable. There are large bumps in
the driving lanes that need to be removed where the side streets
meet Main Street. The improvement will result in a safer, more
efficient highway facility that will provide potential for enhanced
economic development. Anticipated traffic growth will reduce the
level of service if no improvements are made. Main Street needs to
be updated to meet modern demands and conditions.
Q: How much will the project cost?
The estimated total cost for the Main Street
Reconstruction Project will be nearly $7 million.
Q: Has the project been discussed with the
The property owners, community, and the Illinois
Department of Transportation have been working together since the
initial public involvement meeting on June 18, 1997.
Q: How do I find out where construction is
happening and the latest side streets closures to avoid?
Throughout the project there will be a weekly update
to let motorists know what to expect in the upcoming week. Side
street closures and openings information is available from this
site. Work on business entrances will also be announced. The Main
Street Reconstruction homepage also features a map that shows lane
closures and construction staging.
Q: Why are left turns prohibited on the project?
Traffic will move better if vehicles are not waiting
for opportunities to turn left. Reducing the available roadway to
one lane each way will not present many gaps for left turning
Q: Is this project going to slow down traffic and
increase my travel time?
Yes. It’s important to remember that although this
may be a temporary inconvenience, the end result will be a much
smoother and safer Main Street that will last well into the future.
Q: When will IDOT work on Main Street from
Nicklas to Kansas Streets?
This last portion of the Main Street rehabilitation
has been designed but is not yet scheduled in the fiscal program.