Work begins on Route 59 reconstruction project
Beacon-News STaff August 19, 2013 6:06PM
Construction signs line Route 59 in Naperville warning commuters about the upcoming reconstruction project on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:19AM
And so it begins.
On Monday, the long-discussed construction project on Route 59 on the border of Aurora and Naperville started.
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s $118 million upgrade of Route 59 between Aurora Avenue and Ferry Road will run until sometime in 2015, and include widening the road to three lanes in each direction, completely remaking the intersection with Interstate 88, installing new turn lanes at some intersections, additional sidewalks along the route and more.
Also, officials said that traffic signals will be re-evaluated and retimed in conjunction with the new roadway improvements to improve traffic flow and reduce delays.
In addition, a potential bicycle path along one side of the roadway is also being considered.
Aurora officials say the project will certainly snarl traffic, but will be worth it in the long run, noting that more than 50,000 vehicle trips are made every day along that stretch of Route 59.