This week’s cold weather might keep the crocuses down a bit longer, but spring has sprung, and as they say in Illinois, that marks the official start of the road construction season.
Yes, the reprieve on the East Main Street/Route 64 reconstruction project in St. Charles was just that — a break of several months that was bound to end. The city, in a release issued today, said the Illinois Department of Transporation plans to resume work on the project next week.
On the bright side, this is scheduled to be the final season of construction on the $49.2 million project, which encompasses 5.1 miles of Route 64 from Route 59 in DuPage County to 7th Avenue in St. Charles. Officials have said substantial completion of the project is expected by Aug. 31, 2013.
According to a release from the city, traffic will be reduced to two lanes beginning near the intersection of East Main Street and 7th Avenue, as work resumes on the northern lanes and moves eastward. The release states that electronic message boards will be in place to notify motorists.
The city advises motorists to allow additional travel time and to be patient when driving through construction zones. Alternate routes also should be considered.
Officials also are reminding motorists that the use of cellphones and other communication devices in construction zones is prohibited by state law.
For additional information on the Route 64 reconstruction project, go to www.dot.state.il.us/IL64/index.html or contact Jim Bernahl, Public Works Engineering Division manager, at 630-377-4486.
The city also plans to post regular updates on the work at www.stcharlesil.gov.
St. Charles Patch will be doing the same.
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