Portions of Gary Avenue in Carol Stream are down to one lane in each direction this week as work continues on an $11.3 million project to improve traffic safety and flow along the much-traveled road.
The project extends from North Avenue on the south to Army Trail Road on the north and will include resurfacing, drainage improvements, improved traffic signals and, in some areas, road widening.
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The northbound outside lane currently is closed from just south of Mercedes Drive to just north of Stark Drive, officials said. The southbound outside lane is also closed from north of Army Trail Road to south of Mercedes Drive, leaving drivers with one lane in each direction.
One key aspect of the project is the road widening between North Avenue and Lies Road to make room for a continuous median/left-turn lane.
"There are left-turn lanes in some spots and not others so one of the things the project will do is provide a consistent left turn lane or median so that people turning at side streets or the commercial properties or any of the properties will have a safe place to store while they make that turn," said Chris Snyder, director of transportation/county engineer for DuPage County.
Crews also will be putting in retaining walls so a bike path eventually can be created, he said.
The work is expected to be completed in November.
In the next stage of the project, crews will begin installing storm sewer pipes on the west side of Gary. That portion of the project is expected to take several weeks.
Crews this week also will begin removing driveways, curbs and gutters on the east side of Gary beginning south of Stark Drive. That work will continue on Lies, at Elk Trail and on the driveway just south of Elk Trail.
Work farther south on Gary to relocate utilities is ongoing, Snyder said.