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Welcome to the Olympian Drive Extension Project website! As part of a multi-agency effort, the city of Urbana is leading the Olympian Drive Extension Design Phase that provides an east-west connection between the northern boundaries of Urbana and Champaign.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is funding the design project, which is the next step in securing needed federal funding for construction.

The Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), the local metropolitan planning organization, received the Olympian Drive Extension Design Phase funding in November, 2009.  It unanimously approved and included Olympian Drive in the Transportation Improvement Program, assigning Urbana as the lead agency.  CUUATS is comprised of representatives from area local governments.  The CUUATS members listed below serve as the Olympian Drive Steering Committee. They provide information and insight to the Olympian Drive Extension project team.


The Steering Committee members are:


Rita Black, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Director of Planning and Community Development

Jeff Blue, Champaign County Engineer

Dave Clark, City of Champaign Assistant City Engineer

Bill Gray, City of Urbana Public Works Director

Darla Latham, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)-Region 3, District 5, Federal Aid Coordinator

Dennis Markwell, IDOT Program Development Engineer, Region 3, District 5

Cameron Moore, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director

Dennis Schmidt, City of Champaign Public Works Director

David Speicher, IDOT Local Roads Engineer, Region 3, District 5

Elizabeth Tyler, City of Urbana Community Development Director

Roland White, City of Champaign City Engineer


We encourage you to participate in the Olympian Drive Design Phase!


Thank you for visiting our site.  This is where you will find the latest project information.  Everything you need to know about the project – its purpose, timeline, and ways to get involved and give your input – can be found here.  After viewing this site, you can give us your comments and sign up to receive project newsletters.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the Olympian Drive Extension Design Phase and why is it being conducted?

A: The Olympian Drive Design Phase includes a limited update of the location study completed by Hanson Professional Services in the late 1990s and a public engagement process to solicit public input during the preparation of construction documents. The study recommended a four-lane arterial along Olympian Drive from I-57 in Champaign over the Canadian National railroad tracks through the north end of Urbana to US Route 45. Included in the study update will be a review of the environmental effects of the approved alternative to verify that the previously approved Location/Design Report is still valid, an update to the potential pedestrian and bicycle facilities and designing the extension’s intersections to accommodate the interim two-lane roadway. The design phase, including the preparation of construction documents, is the next step in securing needed federal funding for construction.

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