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updated: 6/12/2014 11:23 AM

Route 59 in Naperville closing for the weekend

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  • Route 59 is scheduled to be closed between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue/Meridian Parkway beginning 9 p.m. Friday and continuing until Sunday morning.

       Route 59 is scheduled to be closed between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue/Meridian Parkway beginning 9 p.m. Friday and continuing until Sunday morning.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Crews will be installing a box culvert near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad underpass to carry a creek under the road.

       Crews will be installing a box culvert near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad underpass to carry a creek under the road.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

 
 

A stretch of Route 59 between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue in Naperville is scheduled to be closed in both directions this weekend as part of the massive rebuilding and widening of the road.

The closure is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday and would last until Sunday morning so crews can install a box culvert to carry a creek under the often-congested state road.

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The work is part of a two-year, nearly $90 million project by the Illinois Department of Transportation to widen and reconstruct Route 59 between Ferry Road and Aurora Avenue/New York Street.

The state and city of Naperville are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible or to use a detour route on North Aurora Road, Ogden Avenue and Aurora Avenue to bypass the closure.

"We're ensuring that the signage clearly marks the detours motorists should use during this road closure period," Police Chief Robert Marshall said. "We'll be out there with a police presence to ensure that motorists do not try to go around the barricades."

Marshall said police also plan to patrol nearby residential areas to ensure drivers are following the speed limit and obeying stop signs if they "get creative" in seeking other detours.

Drivers will not be able to access Route 59 between North Aurora Road and Glacier Park Avenue, and local traffic only will be allowed between Glacier Park Avenue/Meridian Parkway and Aurora Avenue until the closure is lifted Sunday morning.

The Route 59 expansion project is expected to finish next year.

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