Orchard Street Project 2017

Beginning May 1, 2017, Orchard Street from Florida Avenue to George Huff Drive will be under construction.

Road construction work may begin as early as 6:00 a.m. on any day. There will be days when the construction crew continues working until the sun goes down in hopes of completing this project in a timely manner. 

Beginning Monday, July 24, 2017 three repaving projects will begin. Parking Lot G will be closed for re-paving for 5 to 10 business days depending on weather conditions. In addition, the portion of Orchard Street and Hazelwood Drive which is south of George Huff Drive will be repaved. Both of these roads will still allow car traffic during the repaving project, but it will be limited to one lane. Access to all three Orchard South parking lots (K, L, M) will not be affected by this repaving project. Residents are asked to drive VERY SLOWLY in these areas and follow all directions from on-site traffic control and flag staff.

NOTE - Orchard Street from Florida Avenue to parking lot D is open. The sign near the office that says "Closed to Through Traffic" means the road is open, but traffic cannot go all the way through to George Huff Drive.

Final Phase

Orchard St. is now open for through traffic!  Please remember the speed limit is 20 mph on the entire roadway.

MTD bus service and school bus service will resume on Orchard St. beginning Monday, September 25, 2017. MTD bus service on Race St. will continue until Monday, September 25, 2017.

Beginning Monday, September 18, 2017 the construction crews will be working to complete the Orchard Downs sidewalks and the entrance ramps to parking lots.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and Wednesday, September 20, 2017 the road crew will be painting the traffic lines and crosswalks.  Please drive slowly on Orchard St. while this work is being done and follow directional and flag instructions from the road crew.

 

 

Phase Four

Phase 4 of the road replacement project begins Monday, August 7. Orchard Street south of parking lots F and G and north of parking lot I and J will be replaced during Phase 4. Weather permitting, it is expected Phase 4 will be completed in three to four weeks.

The South Laundry Building parking lot (Lot H) will be closed during this phase. Residents who wish to drive to the South Laundry Building will need to park in Lot I. Any residents parked in the front or back South Laundry parking lots will need to move their cars to either Lot I or Lot J.

During this phase, Parking Lots F and G will only be accessible from the South entrance to the lots.

MTD bus service continues to pick up on Race Street, George Huff, and at the corners of Florida and Orchard Street. Please review the schedule for details at www.cumtd.com.

Map of Phase 4

Phase Three

Phase 3 of the road replacement project is currently underway and should be complete by Monday, August 7.  Orchard Street south of parking lots D and E and north of parking lot G will be replaced during Phase 3. Weather permitting, it is expected Phase 3 will be completed in three to four weeks.

MTD bus service continues to pick up on Race Street, George Huff, and at the corners of Florida and Orchard Street. Please review the schedule for details at www.cumtd.com.

Map of Phase 3

Phase Two

Phase 2 of the road replacement project which is currently underway is expected to be completed by Thursday, July 20, 2017. 

Phase 2 of the project will redo the roadway and add a sidewalk from the North Laundry to the office. During the month of June, Orchard Street will be closed from the bus shelter by the office to the entrance of parking lot D. The North Laundry parking lot and parking lot C will be closed during this phase of the project.
 
MTD bus service continues to pick up on Race Street, George Huff, and at the corners of Florida and Orchard Street. Please review the schedule for details at www.cumtd.com.
 
In June we will also repave parking lot G, however specific dates have not been confirmed. Exciting news—the re-paving of Orchard South roads (Orchard Street south of George Huff, and Hazelwood Drive) will not impact the parking lots. Residents will need to use caution when driving and obey traffic flagger staff who will direct traffic. Residents in parking lots K, L, M will not have to move their cars at this time.

 

Map of Phase 2

Phase One

The first phase of the roadway project will be complete no later than May 26 unless there are weather-related delays. Orchard Street will be accessible from Florida Avenue to Orchard Place. 

Map of Phase 1 and Parking Lot D

MTD Buses

Starting on May 1, MTD will not travel on Orchard Street, and all bus stops will be moved to Race Street. Residents who live in Orchard Downs can review the bus stop information on the MTD website. From May 1 until mid-September the bus will travel south on Race, turn west on George Huff, stop at the South Bus Shelter, and then proceed to turn around at the Community Center. The bus will then return to campus on Race and will pick up riders on the northbound side of the street.  

Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) Website

Accessing Family & Graduate Housing Office

In Phase One of the project (anticipated between May 1–26), Orchard will be closed from Florida to Orchard Place.

Access to the apartments and the Family & Graduate Housing Office will be available on foot from anywhere in Orchard Downs or from the bus stop at the intersection of Florida and Orchard.

During this phase, if traveling by car the Family & Graduate Housing office will be accessible only from the south end of Orchard. During Phase One, signs will be posted alerting drivers to this detour route to the Family & Graduate Housing office. If traveling by car, take Florida to Race, go south on Race to George Huff, on George Huff turn west and then proceed north on Orchard. Cars will then continue on Orchard until Orchard Place where you will make a right hand turn to access the office. Lot A, located at the end of Orchard Place, will be available for parking.

Parking Lots

Most parking lots will be accessible throughout the project. There will be a few instances when parking lots will need to be closed and all cars relocated for a few weeks. Residents will be notified of these parking lot closures well in advance of the lot closure date. 

Next Steps

As each phase is complete the next section of the street will be closed to through traffic. Updates will be sent by email to apartment leaseholders, published in apartment newsletters, and posted on this website.

We will also be repaving parking lot D and G, Hazelwood Drive, and Orchard south of George Huff. These repaving projects will begin May 15. Additional information will be available after May 1.

Contact the Family & Graduate Housing office with questions or if you need assistance at (217) 333-5656 or apartments@illinois.edu.