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Route 25 Closure in St. Charles Extended Two Weeks

IDOT expects to reopen highway just south of Fox Glen Drive on Aug. 27, after completion of the Norton Creek culvert repairs.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said Thursday that Route 25 just south of Fox Glen Drive will continue to be closed for two more weeks while repairs continue to a culvert at Norton Creek.

The road is anticipated to reopen Aug. 27. The extension accommodates an increased scope of work for the repairs. Motorists should use alternate routes or follow the posted detour route during the closure.

For more information, visit the IDOT website at www.dot.il.gov, or contact Jim Bernahl, public works engineering division manager, at 1-630-377-4486.

A Craw August 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I cant wait to see how that family whos house is head on to this dead end across the river road lands on top and into their house on RT25..... tell me now will there be a light to accomodate all of these people that filter from across the river.This is a road to no where!! I hope the mayor of Wayne never allows all of that traffic through his town! This road has taken a major part of our history and our quaint community away. Its terrible!!
Lois Lane August 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I am thrilled with the news that Rt. 25 will be closed for an additional 2 weeks! And I'm serious, I can finally pull out on to 25 without some crazy person right on my bumper nearly pushing me into town! I suggest you keep it closed and everyone that uses that awful bridge can only head north. Maybe the Village of Wayne could erect a toll booth on Army Trail and make some money from this stupid bridge! Anyone with me on this? How about you Helen Crump?
Ted Schnell (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM
All right, I am a newcomer to St. Charles. Familiarize me with this scenario, please. What bridge? Why was it built? Why do you believe it will take people away from St. Charles. Educate me -- I need to know these kinds of things.
Helen Crump August 10, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Great idea, Lois! Arrogant St. Charles officials trying to push their plans on a village that wants to stay the way it is just makes me angry. I live in St. Charles and have lived here for most of my life. Not everyone wants their town to grow into a retail center. I still love St. Charles but I can respect the fact that towns like Wayne want to remain as they are.
Lois Lane August 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Ted, Ted, you have so much to learn! Take a drive up Rt 31 to Red Gate Rd., park and take a look at the new bridge After that drive a bit further north to Stearns Rd. and cross that bridge to Rt 25. Now tell me and the rest of us why we needed the Red Gate Bridge. Then go take a ride on the St. Charles Belle up the river and take a look at the bridge from the water. This bridge has been debated to death for decades! How it finally got approved, I have no idea.
Rich Walker August 10, 2012 at 01:38 PM
You're in the minority. The Red Gate bridge has been anticipated by most St. Charles residents for nearly 20 years. If not for the stalling tactics of a handful of rich Wayne residents the bridge would have been finished 10-15 years ago. We applaud the leadership of St. Charles for their perseverance, and look forward to using this new crossing. As for the people of Wayne, they should stick to their beliefs and stay on the east side of the river...forever.
Lois Lane August 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Wow Rich, that was pretty harsh. I think I'll stay on the east side of the river with them, sounds like it's safer!
onmylist August 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
IDOT; Thanks for letting me go an extra five miles out of my way to get into my own town!
Helen Crump August 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Really? Anticipated by most residents? Why? Studies throughout the years have shown that this bridge will not alleviate traffic in downtown St. Charles. The city never liked the studies so they just kept doing more of them. I think the last estimate was that the bridge would reduce traffic by maybe 12%. The talk of another bridge has been going on since at least the 70s. If they had listened to recommendations and built the bridge by way of the old train tracks years ago, they wouldn't have been in the bind of such opposition. But no -- it HAD to be Red Gate or nothing. "Handful of rich Wayne residents" -- what a load of crap. Why do people belittle those that don't want to see the place where they live become a thoroughfare? People who enjoy the beauty and tranquility of where they live?
Rich Walker August 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Oh, boo-hoo. You Wayne people think you're waaaay to good for the rest of us, but you lost this fight. Live with it. And, again, if you don't like crossing the river, stay where you are. We can do fine without you.
Lois Lane August 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Rich I don't live in Wayne, I live in St. Charles.
Helen Crump August 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I don't live in Wayne. I live in St. Charles. On the west side. And this has nothing to do with crossing the river to the other side. Sounds like someone has an inferiority complex. Boo-hoo for you, little Ritchie. Then again, if ignorance is bliss, you're probably one happy guy.
Rich Walker August 10, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Helen: You say you "lived here most of your life," and yet you oppose a major improvement to our community. You sound like those people who cry for the days when the Arcada had vaudeville, and candy was a penny. Tough luck, things change - and this bridge is a welcome addition. Quit your whining; progress won, obstructionists lost.
Lois Lane August 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Rich, I don't think she said that. I know for a fact Helen was born and raised in St. Charles. And just how "major an improvement" is this bridge? And, just how are you profiting from this major improvement Rich?
Helen Crump August 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I'm not whining, I'm just stating my opinion. You, however, do sound like you're whining: "You Wayne people think you're waaaay to good for the rest of us, but you lost this fight. Live with it. And, again, if you don't like crossing the river, stay where you are. We can do fine without you." Whah, whah, whaaaahhhh! You sound like you're about five years old. Grow up and deal with the fact that you are not always right and that not everyone is always going to agree with you. You like the bridge -- good for you. I don't. And a lot of other people don't. And it has nothing to do with longing for the old days.
Ted Schnell (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
OK, I get it -- this is a contentious, divisive issue that obviously is a sore spot on both sides. It is interesting -- as bridges often are. If I remember correctly, there was a fair amount of contention about the Stearns Road Bridge as well -- not to mention some UFO videos.
Lois Lane August 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
You're right, Ted, the bridge issue always opens a really big can of worms no doubt about that!

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