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Forecast: Delays ahead for drivers

Officials expect road, lane closures closures during seasonal roadwork

DeKALB – Drivers this summer can expect some delays as they enter roadwork season this summer, but engineers across DeKalb County say they will keep road closures to a minimum.

Starting this month, construction will begin to repave First Street in DeKalb from Dresser Road north to Bethany Road, DeKalb City Engineer Zac Gill said. In addition to resurfacing, the road will be re-striped to incorporate bike lanes before the project’s scheduled completion in August. One lane will be closed at a time on the road, during which time the middle turn lane will be used.

“We received a lot of complaints from the condition of the road before we started,” Gill said. “Two weeks of discomfort is worth having a road repaired.”

First Street also has been closed, with a detour posted south of DeKalb, since March as the Illinois Tollway is replacing the bridge over Interstate 88. Gill said it’s unusual to have a large project on such a heavily used road, but the repair and re-striping is much needed.

Rehabilitation work will start and end this summer for streets in downtown Sycamore. Sycamore City Engineer Mark Bushnell said residents will be notified with fliers before construction starts and the projects will lead to short daytime closures, Bushnell said.

Closures between one and three hours can be expected throughout the summer for pavement rejuvenation and micro-surfacing on Elm Street between Kishwaukee Drive and Governor Street, Exchange Street between North Cross and Sacramento streets, and Maple Street between Exchange and Page streets.

County and state projects

Most summer road projects will lead to delays, but a bridge replacement on Base Line Road about a quarter mile from the Kane County line will close the road from Wednesday until the fall, DeKalb County assistant highway engineer Brad Hunold said.

DeKalb County will take on some of the largest road projects with six projects this summer – three of which will cost the county a combined $5.6 million, DeKalb County Engineer Nathan Schwartz said.

The most expensive of the three is a $2.1 million project adding more lanes to Peace Road at Route 64. One side of the road will be closed at a time, causing traffic delays. Construction will run from the end of June until October.

A $2 million road repaving and shoulder improvement project along Plank Road between Lindgren Road and the Kane County line will delay traffic while one lane is closed at a time from the end of June until October.

Waterman Road, where a $1.5 million shoulder improvement project will take place, may be closed completely for a short time while repair work is in progress between August and November, Hunold said.

The Illinois Tollway plans to complete pavement striping and landscaping work at several points along I-88 in DeKalb County by the end of the summer, Dan Rozek, spokesman for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, wrote in an email. The roadwork will cause temporary, intermittent lane and shoulder closures.

Roads damaged from late snows and rainy weather will not require major work over the summer, but may see some maintenance, Schwartz said.

“The snow and very harsh spring we had on the road is, I think, affecting not only [DeKalb County], but the municipalities and townships who are doing more maintenance,” Schwartz said. “Roads might need resurfacing and construction sooner in their life, but nothing more than maintenance right now.”

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