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updated: 3/26/2014 10:08 AM

Work continues on Cantigny's Winfield Road entrance

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  • Construction on the Cantigny Park entrance continues, with hopes of finishing the project by early June. Jeff Zbreski, of Anchor Electric in Carol Stream, installs electrical boxes on each of the pillars. This is the first major upgrade to the park's entrance since it opened in the 1950s.

       Construction on the Cantigny Park entrance continues, with hopes of finishing the project by early June. Jeff Zbreski, of Anchor Electric in Carol Stream, installs electrical boxes on each of the pillars. This is the first major upgrade to the park's entrance since it opened in the 1950s.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Despite a weather setback, construction on the Cantigny Park entrance continues. Officials hope it will be completed by June 1.

       Despite a weather setback, construction on the Cantigny Park entrance continues. Officials hope it will be completed by June 1.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

Construction is moving along at the Winfield Road entrance to Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

"We are a little bit behind schedule, but we still think we're going to be done around June 1," said Jeff Reiter, senior manager of communications for Cantigny. "The weather, like every other project around here, has definitely had an impact."

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The privately funded project includes a wider entrance and new turn lane into the park for drivers traveling north on Winfield Road. It will also feature new signs, better lighting, a second parking booth, and improved landscaping by the park's horticulture department.

"It's really going to be a lot better for everyone in every way," Reiter said.

Reiter said this is the first major upgrade to the entry of the park since it opened in late 1950s. Construction has been ongoing since October.

Officials say the hope is that the project will provide improved visibility for the park and better traffic flow for visitors while also improving safety and sprucing up the look of the entrance, which greets more than 350,000 visitors annually.

Guests can still enter through the Winfield Road entrance, even though it is a bit messy.

"We're just all really looking forward to the completion of the project, and I know that our regular visitors are too," Reiter said.

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