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Red Gate Bridge Groundbreaking Set

The $30 million project will put another bridge across the Fox River.

St. Charles will break ground on the new Red Gate Bridge later this month, the city announced Friday.

The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 25 at the intersection of Route 31 and Red Gate Road.

The $30 million Red Gate Bridge project will extend across the Fox River and connect Red Gate Road on the west side with Route 25 on the east.

Officials have said the bridge will help ease congestion downtown, especially traffic trying to cross the river at the Main Street Bridge.

We are glad to get construction underway,” said Mayor Donald DeWitte in a prepared remark. “The bridge will alleviate traffic congestion and improve the quality of life for residents of St. Charles.”

At least two have spoken out against the proposed bridge.

The bridge will be paid for using a combination of grants, reserved money and bonds, according to city officials.

Those planning to attend should RSVP with the city by calling 630-762-7097 or emailing redgatebridge@stcharlies.il.gov to accommodate for limited parking.

More information can be found at the project’s website, www.redgatebridge.org.

Nolan Day August 13, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Mayor DeWitte is wasting your tax dollars by refusing to let the benefits of road improvements on Route 64 and the full utilization of Stearns Road Bridge (recently opened just 2 miles to the north of Red Gate Road) come to bare. Thus he is rushing to get the Red Gate Bridge started. Unaware merchants in downtown St Charles need more traffic not less. If I was wrong and the Mayor's public reason for the bridge (less traffic congestion) were his real motivation he would have used the marquis on the Arcada theater and banners in front of city hall giving notice that Stearns Rd Bridge was open to the north. What are your real motivations for this bridge Mayor? I ask you now in this forum as you would not answer my emails. Take a drive through Geneva and see their thriving downtown and 3rd St to gain a clue as to what St Charles could be if you wouldn't insist on wasting $30 million dollars. Save the riverfront the this money for 30,000 residents instead of 47 condo owners you will probably sell the cabinets to! Any time you would like to debate in public I'm ready. Nolan Day
D. Niel August 14, 2011 at 01:27 AM
This is not the first controversial bridge to be built across the Fox River. In St. Charles, both the Illinois and Prairie Street Bridge were controversial. Both are regularly used and sometimes quite full. The truth is route 64 in downtown St. Charles is at capacity during peak hours. The improvements being made will not resolve the bottle neck that occurs in the downtown area. Perhaps you have never been a pedestrian in downtown St. Charles, but the combination of traffic and the narrow sidewalks on Main Street have created an adverse setting for pedestrians. Indeed it would appear to me that as traffic has increased, shopping on 64 has decreased, At one time, there were a variety of stores in downtown St. Charles. Times change and so the arrival of a new bridge will more equitably distribute traffic throughout the Fox River Valley. If St. Charles continues to improve the downtown area making it more attractive to pedestrians, there will be more businesses and shopping. More traffic does not equal more shoppers.

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