Route 47 traffic patterns to change as roadwork continues
By Steve Lord email@example.com August 22, 2013 11:24AM
Both sides of Van Emmon Street have been closed for several days now as part of the Route 47 widening project through downtown Yorkville. State officials have said closings of the side streets along Route 47 will be necessary for sewer work for the rest of the summer. With Van Emmon closed, it has particularly strained access to buildings on both sides of Route 47, restricting entrances to the back. But Cobblestone Bakery and Restaurant, River's Edge Theater and Mongolian 211 remain open through their back entrances on the west side of the street, as do the Kendall County Record and Rowdy's on the east side. | Steve Lord ~ Sun-Times Media 8-15-2013
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:23AM
YORKVILLE — Traffic patterns here will change a bit in the next week or so, as the Route 47 widening project continues.
Contractors already have completed the storm sewer and water main work at the intersection with Van Emmon Street, and sometime next week — either Wednesday or after — contractors will begin similar work at West Fox Street.
That means Fox will be closed, and traffic will be detoured on Van Emmon, according to a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Also, the work AT&T has been doing to relocate its utility lines should be completed by early September, which means the contractor will then install temporary signals at Landmark Avenue and Somonauk Street.
The temporary signal work at these locations should be completed in about two weeks from the start date, weather permitting, IDOT said. Temporary signals will also be installed at other intersections as work progresses.
The contractor anticipates that work on the southbound lanes of the bridge over the river will take place this fall. Traffic will be diverted to the northbound side of the bridge.
The IDOT spokesman continued to remind motorists that left turns from northbound Route 47 to River Street are not allowed. Access to River Street can be gained by using the left-turn lane at Main Street. Left turns onto west Hydraulic Street are also prohibited.
East Hydraulic Street remains closed to all traffic.