It's summer in Illinois, and that means road construction.
Geneva residents who have to brave St. Charles' East Main Street on a daily basis well know the travails of road construction. Long lines of cars surrounded by the dusts of road construction as the Illinois Department of Transportation adding and widening lanes, new lighting and repairs bridge work along a nearly six-mile stretch of road between downtown St. Charles and DuPage Airport in West Chicago. The $39 million project is slated to be completed next year.
Now IDOT announced a new project in St. Charles beginning July 23. Route 25 will be closed just south of Fox Glen Drive for three weeks while IDOT repairs a culvert at Norton Creek. Motorists should use alternate routes or follow the posted detour route during the closure, the city announced Wednesday afternoon.
According to IDOT, access to residences, businesses and side streets on Route 25 north and south of culvert will be maintained, but through traffic will not be permitted. A detour route will be posted directing traffic to Illinois Route 64 (Main Street) and Dunham/Kirk Road to access Route 25.
The estimated completion date is Aug. 10.
The culvert replacement is being added to a larger project that will build a new bridge carrying Red Gate Road over the Fox River. The $21 million project also includes widening and reconstructing Illinois Route 25 and Route 31, along with drainage, lighting and traffic signal improvements.