Route 59 construction zone switching soon to winter traffic pattern

  • One of two new bridges at Route 59 interchange with I-88 has been built as part of a two-year, nearly $90 million expansion project on the heavily traveled state road. Work will continue in the construction zone throughout the winter as weather allows.

      One of two new bridges at Route 59 interchange with I-88 has been built as part of a two-year, nearly $90 million expansion project on the heavily traveled state road. Work will continue in the construction zone throughout the winter as weather allows. Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • The new Route 59 bridge over I-88, right, has been built as traffic continues Thursday on the old one.

      The new Route 59 bridge over I-88, right, has been built as traffic continues Thursday on the old one. Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • One of two new bridges at the Route 59 interchange with I-88 has been built, while traffic continues on the old bridge on the left. Traffic patterns throughout the 3.5-mile work zone on the Naperville/Aurora border soon will be adjusted for the winter.

      One of two new bridges at the Route 59 interchange with I-88 has been built, while traffic continues on the old bridge on the left. Traffic patterns throughout the 3.5-mile work zone on the Naperville/Aurora border soon will be adjusted for the winter. Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/11/2014 6:16 PM

As winter sets in, work is scheduled to slow on the Route 59 widening project along the Naperville/Aurora border.

Traffic also might slow where Route 59 intersects with I-88 near the north end of the 3.5-mile construction zone, as northbound Route 59 will be reduced to one lane on the bridge over the tollway. Southbound traffic will continue to have two lanes over the tollway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Transportation officials say they will be providing two lanes in each direction wherever possible during the winter months, including under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks between North Aurora Road and Meridian Parkway.

During the next two weeks, contractors hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation plan to shift all traffic at the heavily traveled state road and the east-west tollway to a winter lane configuration, which will allow work to continue throughout the coldest months as weather allows.

Winter traffic patterns are the latest change in the two-year, nearly $90 million project to widen the road to three lanes in each direction, create a new "diverging diamond" interchange at Route 59 and I-88 and add new turn lanes at major intersections between Ferry Road and Aurora Avenue/New York Street.

The construction project began in August 2013 and is scheduled to be complete by September 2015.

Work finished so far includes utility relocation, construction of retaining walls, installation of a new pumping station to keep the Burlington Northern Santa Fe underpass free of water, permanent paving on one side of Route 59 at many intersections in the work zone and construction of one of the two new bridges for the tollway interchange.

Work that remains includes construction of the other tollway interchange bridge, permanent paving on the other side of Route 59 and installation of noise walls.

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