Major repaving on Route 47 to start soon
By Steve Lord email@example.com October 21, 2013 1:56PM
The northbound lanes of the Fox River bridge in downtown Yorkville should be reopening soon. | Steve Lord~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:14AM
YORKVILLE — Residents here could awaken in the next several days to new paving on the northbound lanes of Route 47 through downtown.
D Construction, contractor for the Route 47 project, is set to start repaving of the northbound lanes, between Hydraulic and Washington streets, during one of the next two nights.
The contractor will work between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. so as to not disrupt busier daytime traffic, said Julia Messina, community liaison for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s District 3. The work will cause delays for traffic through town.
As of Monday morning, the lanes were prepared for the new paving, and the paving machines were in place.
Messina said there will be businesses and residents whose access points will be affected by the work, and she said IDOT and D Construction “are aware of the need for performing the work as efficiently and expeditiously as possible in order to re-establish access.”
Within several weeks, in mid-November or so, workers could change the traffic pattern downtown onto the new pavement. That will depend on the cooperation of the weather, Messina said.
“We try to keep going as long as we can, as long as the weather’s good,” she said.
Most likely, the project will be shut down completely from December through February.
Other updates Messina had Monday include:
East Hydraulic Street and East Fox Street have been reconstructed and are open to traffic, although minor work items remain to be completed.
Work on the northbound side of the Fox River Bridge is nearing completion. That could be open to traffic again soon.
Storm sewer work continues to the south. This work is approaching the point where the work activities will cross Route 47, with the storm sewer then being installed on the east side of the road.
East Van Emmon Street remains closed in preparation for concrete paving. It should be closed for several weeks to allow paving and other items to be completed. A marked detour is in place.