Written by Jack McCarthy
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00
An overview of the Route 59 overpass over the Reagan Memorial Tollway/Interstate 88 marks the start of a major Illinois Department of Transportation project to expand Route 59 from the tollway entrances and exits south to the Fox Valley Mall. (IDOT photo)
IDOT project will affect main north-south roadway from Interstate 88 to Fox Valley Mall. One of the area's leading north-south thoroughfares is about to get a major makeover.
And for the next 12 to 14 months, the best advice might be: "Stay Away."
The Illinois Department of Transportation is set to begin a major widening and reconstruction project on Illinois Route 59 running from Interstate 88 south past the bottleneck Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks to the Fox Valley Mall retail area.
The $85 million project is scheduled to get under way on Aug. 19.
The work will cover a three-mile portion of the roadway running through portions of Aurora and Naperville and will impact thousands of commuters bound for the tollway or BNSF rail station as well as shoppers heading to the mall and other retail stores and services.
Route 59 will be widened to three lanes, including the currently limited the BNSF underpass. Additional work will include replacement of an underpass pump, new turn lanes as well as reduction or elimination of access from some streets and driveways.
The Interstate 88/Route 59 interchange will be fully reconstructed and feature an innovative entry/exit design.
Intersection work is also planned at Diehl Road, North Aurora Road and Aurora Ave. New York St.
Motorists can expect significant traffic delays and lane closures. They are advised to allow more time to travel and avoid the construction zone whenever possible.
According to IDOT, the finished project will handle increased capacity, be safer and reduce crash potential. Smoother traffic flow will also relieve congestion.
Along with total roadway reconstruction, the project will also include 21 new retaining walls, 6,385-feet of noise abatement walls and new bike lanes and sidewalks were feasible.
More information is available http://www.dot.il.gov/ilrt59/index.html
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:36