Illinois American Water to Replace Distribution Valves in Urbana; Road Closures Needed for Employee Safety

Urbana, Ill. (Nov. 9, 2021) –Illinois American Water’s contractors will be completing critical upgrades to Urbana’s water distribution system this week. The work involves replacing a distribution valve at the Y intersection of Springfield Avenue and Main Street in Urbana.

In order to complete this work safely, Illinois American Water has planned the following road closure.  The Y intersection of Springfield Avenue and Main Street in Urbana will be closed this week.  Repairs are expected to take approximately four days.

Motorists should use caution when driving in the area and obey traffic signs, detour routes and flaggers in the area.  If possible, motorists should avoid the area.  Weather permitting, road restoration should be completed, and all lanes reopened by Friday, Nov. 12.

Lucas Esteppe, operations superintendent for the Champaign County District, said, “We understand construction can cause a temporary inconvenience. Our priority is to work as safety and quickly as possible. There’s nothing more important than the safety of our employees and contract employees. Planned work of this nature is a safe, effective approach for our customers, employees, and contractors.”

Customers impacted by this work have been contacted by Illinois American Water.  Should something unexpected occur, Illinois American Water will reach out to customers with critical information.  The Company is coordinating the work with IDOT, the City of Urbana and area businesses.

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. For more information, visit and follow Illinois American Water on Twitter and Facebook.


About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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