Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Construction crew cracked a 6-inch, high-pressure natural gas main, prompting the closure and the evacuation of several businesses.
Monday afternoon's gas leak along the East Main Street/Route 64 reconstruction was the second caused by construction crews this month and the third since August. City officials hoped to reopen East Main Street/Route 64 by midnight Monday after a construction crew struck a 6-inch, high-pressure natural gas main during midafternoon, forcing the thoroughfare’s closure between 9th and 13th avenues and prompting the evacuation of several businesses. St. Charles Fire Department interim Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said late Monday that the incident was reported at 2:28 p.m. Firefighters remained at the scene late into the evening, using monitoring equipment to take readings of natural gas levels to ensure the perimeter was wide enough while the …
Monday, April 15, 2013
But the project continues to be moving forward on schedule.
This week’s update on the East Main Street/Route 64 Reconstruction may bear a resemblance to last week’s, largely because last week’s rains slowed progress a bit, although it’s still on schedule. James Bernahl, the city’s Public Works Engineering Division manager, said in his weekly emailed update to residents and area businesses about the project. “Although I am sure that the vegetation is loving all of this extra water, it hasn't been a friend to us on the construction side,” he wrote. “The construction project is still on schedule, so let's hope for some warmer weather and clear skies. “Due to weather conditions most of the proposed work activities for the week of April 8, 2013 have been delayed and rescheduled for this upcoming week,” …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Construction crews already have begin shifting traffic patterns in preparation for final season of three-year project.
Construction along the East Main Street/Route 64 corridor is gearing up to get into full swing during a week in which construction crews have closed lanes and redirected others in preparation for the final season of the $49 million reconstruction project. St. Charles Public Works Engineering Manager James Bernahl, in an email to residents and businesses on Thursday, said this week’s work largely has involved getting crews and equipment back to the construction site in preparation for the work that lies ahead. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect: Beginning Thursday, Bernahl wrote, the contractor was slated to begin removing asphalt grindings forming the temporary shoulders along Smith and Kautz roads. That will make way for their …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Contractor on pace to wrap up several segments of work in the coming week or so, city official says.
The unseasonably warm temperatures have been favorable for continued work on the Main Street/Route 64 reconstruction project, even though much of the work is on hiatus for the winter months. St. Charles Public Works Engineering Division Manager James Bernahl, in his regular email to residents and business owners who signed up for regular updates on the massive, $49.2 million reconstruction project, said the weather and temperatures are forecast to be favorable over the weekend and the beginning of this week. The contractor, Bernahl wrote, is continuing to move along primarily on roadway work for the next few weeks. Following is Bernahl’s summary of the work coming up on the project: The contractor is scheduling to frame and pour turn lanes…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Clock is ticking down toward four-month lull in construction before the final surge begins in the spring toward completion of the $49 million project.
Evening drivers on Route 64/East Main Street in St. Charles this evening will notice something different about their commute — two open lanes in each direction. The city of St. Charles announced the change in a release issued Tuesday, and said the two eastbound and two westbound lanes also will be open on the weekends, when construction crews are not working. The St. Charles City Council learned earlier this month that construction will shut down about Nov. 15, leaving drivers four lanes of traffic during the winter season through March 2013. Construction is expected to resume in April 2013, and the completion of the $49 million road reconstruction project is expected in late summer or fall of 2013. The project encompasses 5.1 miles of …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The closure between Smith and Kautz Road eastbound to Powis Road detoured hordes of traffic Tuesday afternoon.
By Tuesday afternoon, crews sealed the lesser of the two gas main breaks that prompted Route 64's closure at about noon along and east of the Pheasant Run Resort. According to a release authorized by St. Charles Fire Chief Patrick Mullen, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, crews shut down the gas leak at 4051 E. Main St. "... However Route 64 remains closed between Kautz Road and Route 59 due to the larger break at Powis Road and Route 64," the release states. "Traffic to local businesses in the closed area is being allowed. It is anticipated that work will continue" until 3:46 p.m. to 5:46 p.m on Tuesday. The detour for the incident on the St. Charles side is either northbound on Smith Road or southbound on Kautz Road. Mullen said in an earlier …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Construction update: The good news is the east leg of Route 64 traffic will be open as of Aug. 14. The bad news is Route 47 traffic south of Route 64 will be detoured.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Illinois Department of Transportation is tentatively on schedule to open the east leg of Route 64 to through traffic by Aug. 13, 2012, according to a report by state Rep. Kay Hatcher. That's the good news. The bad news is that the south leg of Route 47 is scheduled to be closed on Aug. 14 for pavement reconstruction. All northbound and southbound through traffic on Route 47 south of the intersection will be detoured along Route 38, LaFox Road and Route 64. The road closure is expected to last until Oct. 31, Hatcher said. The north leg (Route 47) and west leg (Route 64) will still be open to traffic while under staged construction. IDOT officials anticipate completion by Oct. 31. "I hope you'll find this helpful for your summer travel …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Work is part of IDOT project to widen and resurface road.
Beginning May 7, Main Street in St. Charles will be reduced to two lanes, one eastbound and one westbound, starting at the 7th Avenue intersection and continuing to 10th Avenue. Lane closures eventually will extend along Main Street to Route 59 and will remain in effect throughout the duration of the project. Reduced speed limit signs will be posted in the construction zone. The Illinois Department of Transportation is continuing a $49 milliion project to widen and resurface the road. Work began in April near West Chicago. Improvements will include a bridge reconstruction, lighting, addition of retaining walls, and sidewalk additions. Route 64 construction will alleviate congestion and improve driver safety throughout the project limits. …