Construction to start on Route 47
By Steve Lord email@example.com October 11, 2012 11:16PM
Construction signs warn motorists of ongoing utility work on Route 47 in downtown Yorkville on Friday, August 31, 2012. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 13, 2012 6:30AM
On Thursday, downtown Yorkville seemed a little like the calm before the storm.
Traffic was moving as usual — slow, but steady — stores were open and the road configuration was pretty much as it has been for many years.
That will change very shortly.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced this week that construction would begin on the long-awaited widening to four lanes of Route 47 through Yorkville.
The announcement was sort of the official pronouncement of what had already begun, and has been expected. Earlier this year, IDOT announced it awarded a $29.4 million contract to D Construction, Inc., of Coal City, to do the project.
The road eventually is to be widened between Kennedy Road on the north end and Route 71, on the south end.
But the project has been divided into three parts, the first of which is the section between Route 47, including work on that intersection, and Route 126.
The beginning of IDOT’s work has been delayed for months as the utilities have been working to relocate infrastructure. IDOT announced that work is over now, and construction can begin any day.
But the only evidence of the beginning of the project Thursday was a familiar orange construction sign just north of Route 47 designating a special semi-truck route. IDOT has designated the truck route for semis to try to avoid the traffic tie-ups downtown throughout the project.
In addition to the extra lanes, the IDOT project includes pavement reconstruction, new traffic signals and extensive storm sewer and water main work. The entire project is not expected to be completed until the fall of 2015.