New phase set to begin for work on Route 47
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org September 23, 2013 6:00PM
Yorkville alderman approved the early installation of lights on Route 47 in downtown Yorkville. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: September 24, 2013 11:03AM
YORKVILLE — Contractor D Construction is about to start on the next phase of the widening of Route 47 through downtown here.
According to information from the Illinois Department of Transportation Monday, the contractor “expects to begin the next phase of the project in the coming weeks, from the (Fox River) to Washington Street, with that work including construction of new concrete pavement in the northbound lanes.”
Julie Messina, community liaison for IDOT, District 3, said Monday that as work progresses, motorists will see closures at the different side street intersections affected by the work. Those side streets include Hydraulic, Van Emmon, Fox and Washington.
The contractor will install temporary pavement in some of the areas of the project to accommodate traffic on the west side of Route 47. Curb and gutter, sidewalks and other incidental work will not be done until the concrete pavement is in place.
Messina said that, weather permitting, all that work, from the river to Washington Street, would be done before winter.
D Construction has been working between the river and Washington Street, installing new storm sewers. Most all of that work is done, which is why the contractor can start on the paving work.
Messina also said AT&T has finished relocating its wires on the north side of the river, which means D Construction can start installing storm sewers and water mains there.
“Work on these items may begin this fall, based on scheduling and work crew availability,” she said.
In other Route 47 updates, Messina said:
East Hydraulic Street has been reopened to traffic as of Sept. 20. Left turns onto Hydraulic Street from Route 47 are not permitted.
Work continues on the expansion joint replacement on the river bridge.
The east sidewalk across the river bridge remains closed.