Portions of South Street in Geneva closed for 12 weeks to repair sinkhole damage

  • For the next 12 weeks, a portion of South Street between Southhampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed to repair a culvert crossing damaged by a sinkhole.

    For the next 12 weeks, a portion of South Street between Southhampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed to repair a culvert crossing damaged by a sinkhole. Courtesy of City of Geneva

 
Submitted by City of Geneva
Updated 8/9/2019 7:22 PM

South Street between Southhampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed until Friday, Nov. 1, as the city of Geneva repairs the roadway's culvert crossing that was damaged by a sinkhole.

Traffic signs are being installed Aug. 9 detouring westbound South Street traffic to head north on Burgess Road, west on Kaneville Road and south on Southhampton Drive.

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The detour is reversed for motorists heading eastbound on South Street.

Trucks will not be permitted on South Street between Sheila Lane and Western Avenue unless they are making a delivery to the City's Public Works Department, 1800 South St.

Truck drivers will need to access the Public Works Department from the west on South Street and exit the same route.

A detour map and more details are available under the "Construction Projects" link on the city's website at geneva.il.us.

The city is in the process of notifying Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Geneva Unit District 304, Geneva Park District, and Burgess Norton regarding the closure.

City staff observed the sinkhole over the drainage culvert in the westbound lane of South Street east of Southhampton Drive earlier this week. After an underground maintenance crew inspected the culvert's interior, several areas of deterioration were discovered. Additional engineering field inspection assessments determined the need to replace the culvert and close the street to ensure public safety.

The culvert is estimated to be more than 30 years old. The reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 12 weeks, weather permitting.

For questions, call the city's public works department at (630) 232-1501.

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