The Curtis Road Corridor Study was carried out by the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Transportation Study (CUUATS) from July 2016 to December 2017. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided the funding for the corridor study with a Lead Adopter Incentive Award from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) for the purposes of using the FHWA planning tool, PlanWorks, and including the Curtis Road Corridor Study as a case study on the PlanWorks website. The boundaries of the study area were Windsor Road to the north, IL 130/High Cross Road to the east, Old Church Road to the south, and US 45/Dunlap Avenue to the west, with 4.6 miles of Curtis Road running east/west through the center. The goal of the study was to improve safety and mobility within and between the surrounding jurisdictions as well as support and protect the disparate surrounding land uses, including the University of Illinois agricultural research and educational fields known as the South Farms.
To carry out the Curtis Road Corridor Study, CUUATS staff created a collaborative process involving many local agencies, as well as local roadway users, residents, and property owners to obtain input on the corridor and to promote awareness of context-sensitive design and local transportation issues. By bringing together stakeholders to define and accomplish collective goals for the corridor, this planning process strengthened the existing working relationships among local agencies and residents.
The Curtis Road Corridor Study Steering Committee included representatives from the following agencies/jurisdictions in the study area: the Illinois Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, University of Illinois, City of Urbana, Village of Savoy, City of Champaign, Urbana Township, Champaign Township, Champaign County, and C-U MTD. An environmental working group was also established for the project that included experts from the Illinois State Geological Survey, IDOT District 5, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the University of Illinois. Additionally, four public meetings/workshops were held during the corridor study to define the problems and opportunities in the corridor, develop improvement scenarios for the future, and to review the corridor study documentation. For more information on the public involvement process, see Chapter 2: Planning Process and Appendix A: Public Involvement.
The CUUATS Technical and Policy Committees approved the Curtis Road Corridor Study on October 25, 2017.