St. Charles Patch Car-Cam: East Main Update

Here's what to expect in the coming week on the East Main Street/Route 64 Reconstruction project, according to local officials.

Work continues to progress on the East Main Street/Route 64 corridor through St. Charles, according to Public Works Engineering Division Manager James Bernahl, in his weekly email status report on the project to residents and businesses.

As in all his reports, Bernahl reminds readers the construction is reliant on weather.

38th Avenue to Route 59

Road crews in the coming weeks will prepare the roadway sub base and begin placing the bituminous asphalt base for the new concrete roadway. This work primarily will be focused on the far eastern limits of the project.

By the end of this week, the contractor expects to complete final grading near Smith and Kautz roads, weather permitting. Once complete, the landscaping firm will place topsoil, sod or seed.

The Contractor is expecting to frame and place concrete for the new sidewalk between Smith Road and Kautz Road. This work is expected to be completed by May 17, 2013, weather permitting.

Beginning Friday, Mary 17, 2013, the contractor expects to modify the existing traffic patterns for the next stage of construction. During the modifications, commuters are asked to take extra caution when driving through the construction zone.

Crews will continue storm sewer work for the next two to three weeks between Keil Street and Powis Road.

Construction activities associated with the new bridge near Powis Road are expected to continue through the next few months, with bridge work due to be completed by mid-July 2013. Work now is focused on the bridge’s center lanes, with traffic being diverted to the new outside lanes.

7th Avenue to Kirk Road

The breaking and removal of the existing roadway on the north side of East Main Street from near 7th Avenue and moving eastward will continue as crews improve and expand existing storm sewers within the Illinois Department of Transportation right-of-way.

Curb installation work on East Main Street between Tyler and Kirk roads will continue. Crews were able to frame and prepare for the installation of the new curbing on the east side of Dunham Road. The concrete work will include permanent concrete patching for the proposed roadway widening.

Storm sewer improvements will continue on the north side of East Main Street from 13th Avenue to Tyler Road. This work is expected to progress eastward toward Dunham Road throughout the coming months.

Crews will begin forming and placing retaining wall No. 2 and No. 3. Retaining wall No. 2 is near East Main and Cedar Avenue. Retaining wall No. 3 is on the north side of East Main Street about 500 feet east of Hunt Club Drive. This work is expected to be ongoing for three to four weeks.

Pavement grinding and removal work will continue, focusing primarily on the north side of East Main Street from 7th Avenue toward Kirk Road, for the next few weeks.

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Tony C. May 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Yada...yada...yada on the weather. What in the heck was their excuse last year when they had perfect construction weather but workers were absent a majority of the time. Oh yeah...it was too hot...another union job milking another gov't project...


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