Orchard Street Project 2017

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

Phase Two

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.