Thanksgiving holiday halting Route 59 work in Naperville/Aurora
Thanksgiving will be a holiday from construction along Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora.
Illinois Department of Transportation officials said crews are scheduled to wrap up their work around 3 p.m. Wednesday before taking the entire day off Thursday along the 3.5-mile stretch between Ferry Road and Aurora Avenue/New York Street.
Drivers can expect two lanes to be open in each direction through most of the work zone. The exception is on the new bridge over I-88, where there will be two southbound lanes with a designated right-turn lane to head east on the tollway, but only one northbound lane.
This is the second year construction to widen the road to three lanes in each direction will take a break for Thanksgiving after work on the nearly $90 million project began in August 2013.
The project includes roadway reconstruction and widening as well as creation of a new interchange called a diverging diamond at Route 59 and I-88 and the addition of new turn lanes at major intersections between Ferry Road and Aurora Avenue/New York Street.
The work zone will remain mostly dormant until Monday, Dec. 1, but IDOT said construction will resume Friday in the area just north of Diehl Road.
Naperville officials asked earlier this month what could be done to clean up the construction zone before the holidays and said they were told contractors will work to remove all unnecessary barricades before Wednesday afternoon.
"I think we can count on the state transportation people to make sure the right thing is done," city council member Robert Fieseler said.