In stark contrast to the much anticipated arrival of autumn-infused coffee concoctions that make the inevitable colder weather and perhaps commutes slightly more enjoyable, the upswing and increased momentum of many construction projects in and around Naperville this fall are causing some trying commuter moments.
Motorists can expect lane closures and detours in several heavily used commuter routes. Although duly warned, commuters have little alternative but to plan ahead, seek alternate routes, and enjoy their coffee.
As the Route 59 construction project goes into high gear, motorists have been encouraged to consider alternative routes, if they can find a good one that avoids residential streets, and allow for extra time if they need to travel along Route 59 north of New York Street.
Lane closures in each direction began on Sept. 9 and are expected to cause substantial traffic delays. In late September access to Dearborn Court from Route 59 will be closed and in October access from Route 59 to Argyle Lane will be closed. Neither will be reopened for the duration of the project.
The three-mile long project, which is being led by the Illinois Department of Transportation in conjunction with the City of Naperville and local townships, has a long, long way to go until its fruition — fall 2015.
Work on the Interstate 88 interchange along Route 59 also is expected to begin this fall.
The resurfacing and restriping of Washington Street between Osler Drive and School Street has begun. Improvements also will be made to curbs and sidewalks. The intersections of Washington and School, Jefferson, Hillside, and Martin will be improved to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
While Washington Street will remain open during the construction, motorists should expect to see daytime lane closures. Parking is prohibited in the work zone during construction.
95th Street extension
Work on the 95th Street Bridge Extension Project is humming along. The noise abatement wall on the south side of 95th Street has been completed. Upon the project’s completion, a total of seven noise abatement walls which are being jointly funded by Will County and the city of Naperville will be constructed to help shield adjacent subdivisions from the roadway, according to Allison Albrecht, communications specialist with the City of Naperville.
Led by Will County’s Highway Department working with the Village of Bolingbrook and the City of Naperville, the project, which began in May 2013, is expected to be completed by late 2014.
The extension will reduce the driving distance between the intersections of 95th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road and Boughton Road and Kings Road by about 1.1 miles — saving time and gas.
Hassert Blvd./111th St. and Chokeberry Drive
Work has begun on the traffic signal at the intersection of Hassert Boulevard/ 111th Street and Chokeberry Drive on the city’s far southwest side.
“Most of the underground work is almost complete and construction of the above ground signal will begin in the coming weeks,” Albrecht said.
Expected to be completed in early October, the project will extend the left-turn bays for both eastbound and westbound traffic on 111th. The new signal will be interconnected with the traffic signal farther east at 111th and Book Road.
Bauer Road reconstruction
The reconstruction of Bauer Road between Mill Street and Briargate Drive has restricted all eastbound traffic toward Mill Street, forcing motorists to follow a detour route for the duration of the two-month project. Access to side streets from westbound Bauer Road will remain open.
In the meantime, commuters savor your spiced pumpkin lattes and look forward to peppermint patty mint mochas while cruising down a newly-resurfaced Washington Street. And by the time spring and the vanilla iced coffees roll around, we can spend a little less time on the road and more time savoring our festive weather-inspired liquid creations.