Council accepts land transfer to support redevelopment plan at former Garfield School site

Decatur, IL – The Decatur City Council has accepted a property transfer from the Decatur Public Schools District for the former Garfield School site. The site at 1077 W Grand Ave is being considered for a catalyst redevelopment project by the City and a private developer. The first phase of the project is repurposing the old school building into affordable senior living apartments. Future phases include adding mixed-income housing and new commercial space. Read more in the full news release

site map showing possible redevelopment project for former Garfield School site

Road Closures Jun. 17-23, 2024

Brush College and Faries Parkway –

William Charles Construction will be conducting jack and bores at Norfolk Southern and Canadian National Railroad beginning Monday, June 3, 2024.  This work will cause Faries Parkway to remain open one lane westbound/right hand turn lane, one lane eastbound, and a left-hand turn lane.  Brush College Road will remain open one lane northbound, one lane southbound/left hand turn lane, and one right hand turn lane.  Brush College Road is still closed south of Faries (open to local traffic only), starting 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2024, and will continue to approximately 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2024. Please see attached maps for details. Motorist should slow down and use extreme caution through the work zone. For further details, please contact Ben Gomez at 815-914-6510.

Pre Stage D Traffic Control Plan

William Charles Construction will be conducting utility installation and road improvements beginning Monday, February 26, 2024.  This work will cause the closure of Brush College Road, South of Olive Street to North of East Hickory Street. Also, Brush College Road, at Harrison Avenue, reduced to One (1) Northbound and One (1) Southbound lane in the eastern lanes, starting 9:00 a.m., Monday, February 26, 2024, and will continue to approximately 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2024. All vehicle traffic use detour as follows on the attached maps BCR Detour Maps.  Signage will be placed for detour route and the businesses on North Brush College Road up to East Hickory Street will remain open. Motorist should slow down and use extreme caution through the work zone. For further details, please contact Ben Gomez at 815-914-6510.

Grove Rd. Bridge –

C-Hill Civil Contractors will be replacing the Grove Road Bridge over the Sand Creek Arm of Lake Decatur, beginning Wednesday, March 13, 2024.   This work will cause the closure of Grove Road Bridge over the Sand Creek Arm of Lake Decatur, starting at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2024, and continue until complete, Friday, August 9, 2024. Detour will be as follows: Eastbound use Franklin Street to South Shores Drive and Westbound use Southland Drive to South Shores Drive or continue on South Shores Drive. Motorists should slow down, use extreme caution, and are encouraged to seek an alternate route around the work zone.  For further details, please contact Frank Libera at (618) 426-4282.

E. Sangamon St. –

JP Cullen/TCCA Tillmook., Inc. will be working Construction on E. Sangamon Street between North Morgan and North Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., beginning Monday, January 2, 2024, weather permitting.  This work will cause the partial closure of E. Sangamon Street between North Morgan and North Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (Closed- E. Sangamon Street between North Morgan and North Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.) starting 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2024, and will continue to approximately 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2024.  Motorist should slow down and use extreme caution through the work zone.  A detour route available vehicle should utilize E. Marietta St. For further details, please contact Noah Alsteen at JP Cullen/TCCA Tillmook, at 608-754-6601.

N. 29th St. & E. Locust St. –

City of Decatur Concrete crew will be repairing the pavement at the intersection of N. 29th St. and E. Locust St., beginning Thursday, June 20, 2024.  This work will cause only the closure at the intersection of N. 29th St. and E. Locust St., starting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2024, until Friday, June 21, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.  There is no detour route,  however signs and cones will be present in the work zone area to help direct traffic.  Motorists should slow down, use extreme caution, and are encouraged to seek an alternate route around the work zone.  For further details, please contact Rob Wagers at (217) 875-4820

N. 31st St. & E. Hickory St.

City of Decatur Concrete crew will also be repairing the pavement at the intersection of N. 31st St. and E. Hickory St., beginning Thursday, June 20, 2024.  This work will only cause the closure at the intersection of N. 31 St. and E. Hickory St., starting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2024, until Friday, June 21, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.  There is no detour route,  however signs and cones will be present in the work zone area to help direct traffic.  Motorists should slow down, use extreme caution, and are encouraged to seek an alternate route around the work zone.  For further details, please contact Rob Wagers at (217) 875-4820.

City launches Learn & Earn Bike Program for Decatur youth

Decatur, IL – The City of Decatur Jasper Street Implementation Committee has launched a Learn & Earn Bike Program this summer to help Decatur youth learn to bike safely. Together with the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur, Inc., Decatur Bicycle Club, Hope Academy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, we are supporting the vision of a protected bike lane infrastructure that will create a safer, more connected Decatur. The Learn & Earn Bike Program is an implementation project of Decatur’s Jasper Street Great Streets Great Neighborhoods Roadmap. It is funded in part by the USDOT’s Thriving Communities Program.

Over the next several weeks, youth will learn how to safely ride a bicycle, get some practice riding, and eventually will earn a bike and helmet, provided by Decatur Bicycle Shoppe. Can’t wait to see their progress!

Solar Canopy construction to temporarily limit Civic Center parking through July 2024

Decatur, IL – The City’s solar canopy project for the Decatur Civic Center parking lot is starting next week – Monday, June 10. The construction area will be fenced in. Please see attached map to understand where you can park! The fencing will be pulled in as they complete sections of installation. We anticipate the construction will last through the end of July 2024.

This $5-million project will include the construction of parking canopies with solar panels on top. Once complete, canopies will cover approximately 2/3 of the parking lot. This entire project comes at no cost to the City, and we will realize about $100,000+ in energy savings each year.
map showing Civic Center parking limitations

Decatur GFL customers moved to single-day waste collection

Decatur, IL – This week, GFL implemented a change for weekly waste collection for all Decatur customers. They will pick up all waste – garbage, recycling, yard waste – on the same day. All containers should be placed on the curb on your designated service day. GFL provided notice via mailer in April, and the change took effect this week. To see what your weekly single service day is, view this map.