Route 59 closure postponed to June 13

Updated 6/4/2014 10:11 AM

Work that was scheduled to close Route 59 in both directions this weekend at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad underpass along the Naperville/Aurora border has been postponed to the weekend of June 13 to 16, authorities said Wednesday.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials who are leading a three-mile road construction project on Route 59 determined Tuesday that a box culvert that carries a creek under the road would need to be built all at once instead of in two stages, said Bill Novack, Naperville's director of transportation, engineering and development.


Officials originally wanted crews to install the culvert this weekend, and they were scheduled to close Route 59 at 9 p.m. Friday in both directions in the area of the railroad underpass.

Now the installation and road closure tentatively are scheduled to take place the weekend of June 13 to 16.

When the closure is in place, drivers will be directed to use Ogden Avenue to travel north or south between North Aurora Road and Aurora Avenue.

The overall Route 59 project includes work along a three-mile stretch from Ferry Road to Aurora Avenue/New York Street along with improvements at the intersections with Diehl Road, North Aurora Road and Aurora Avenue/New York Street.

Plans call for the road to be widened to three lanes in each direction with additional and longer turn lanes to help handle more than 50,000 cars each day.

The nearly $90 million project also includes a diverging diamond configuration on the bridge over Interstate 88 that designers say will enhance safety and traffic flow.

Work on the Route 59 project began last summer and is scheduled for completion in 2015. It is being funded primarily by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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