Champaign introduces new traffic controls to prevent parking along Green St.

By Ethan Simmons

Starting on Friday, Feb. 26, the City of Champaign will be implementing additional traffic control measures to prevent illegal parking along Green Street.

Coming soon to the street: barricades and no-parking signs in the center turn lane, increased police patrols in the area and increased communication with nearby businesses about designated pickup locations.

The takeout zones set up on Green Street during COVID-19 will be gone starting on Friday as well. Motorists and delivery workers are instead encouraged to go to nearby side streets, like Wright, Fifth, Sixth and John Streets.

“Those visiting Campustown are encouraged to utilize parking spaces on nearby side streets that are within a short walking distance of Campustown restaurants and businesses,” Champaign Public Works wrote in a press release. “This also applies to delivery vehicles that are either dropping off or picking up food or packages from area businesses or residences.”

For years, delivery drivers and C-U residents have filled up the middle turn lane of the Campustown hub, mucking up traffic and increasing the chances of pedestrian collisions. During COVID-19, when more restaurants and customers have opted for delivery or curbside pickup options, Green’s middle lane parkers have only grown more plentiful.

The changes apply to the 400-600 blocks of Green, where more than two dozen restaurants and bars and several massive student apartment complexes are located.

“The City appreciates the cooperation of the public in following all traffic and parking regulations  to ensure the safety of students, pedestrians, and motorists in the busy Campustown area,” reads the press release.