Glen Ellyn drivers will have to deal with a summer of traffic headaches and detours resulting from an Illinois Department of Transportation project on two major corridors.
But at least motorists can take consolation in this piece of good news: The roadwork on Main Street and North Park Boulevard won't be done at the same time.
Contractors are expected to begin their work on the Main Street leg of the project in early May. Once those improvements wrap up about a month later, IDOT will shift focus to a stretch of Park Boulevard from Roosevelt Road to the Union Pacific West Line crossing at Crescent Boulevard downtown.
IDOT has awarded a $2.94 million construction contract to Addison-based R.W. Dunteman Co. Glen Ellyn trustees on Monday approved $1.49 million in payments to IDOT, the lead contracting agency, to cover the village's share of the project and a 5 percent contingency. Federal funds will pay for the rest of the cost.
The village board also authorized a $297,123 agreement with Chicago-based Primera Engineers to provide oversight for the project.
Here's a closer look at the construction schedule:
• On Main Street, crews will resurface the pavement from Roosevelt Road to Fairview Avenue. IDOT's contract with Dunteman requires that contractors complete the Main Street work by June 8.
• The road will be reconstructed on a segment of Park Boulevard from Roosevelt to Fairview. Traffic will run one-way north on Park, while southbound traffic will use a detour route on Main Street. Sewer and water utility improvements also will be done in that corridor, Glen Ellyn Professional Engineer Rich Daubert said during an overview of the project at the board meeting Monday.
• Roadwork on Park between Roosevelt and Hill Avenue will last throughout the construction season. That portion of the project should be substantially complete by Nov. 9, Daubert wrote in a memo to the board.
• Resurfacing on Park from Fairview to Hill also should be largely complete by Nov. 9.
• The construction company contract requires that crews resurface Park Boulevard north of Hill to Crescent Boulevard by Aug. 3, to avoid disruptions to the start of classes at Glenbard West High School. The road at the intersection of Hill and Park also will be rebuilt.