Following this summer’s construction strike contractors are pushing to get local construction projects back on track. The lost time has pushed back several completion dates, including the Jefferson Avenue bridge project.
Even though workers have been digging in to make progress on the Jefferson Avenue bridge project, it’s possible it won’t be traffic-ready in time for the Jaycee’s Last Fling Celebration and the city’s Labor Day Parade.
Sean Marquez, Project Engineer for the city of Naperville said, “We still have a lot of major roads, you can go down Ogden Avenue or Aurora Avenue. Access isn’t the issue, this is a minor road. The only thing that we’re looking at now is the parade route, because it has always gone down this way.”
If the bridge does not reopen in time, there will be an alternative route for the Labor Day parade. The proposed route would start at 5th Avenue and Mill street (near Naperville North High School) and continue to Jefferson and Main St . The parade would head south on Main St. and finish near Naperville Central High School.
Last Fling Executive Co-Chair, Mike Kreger said, “We’ve walked through the streets literally, driven up and down the streets and walked through downtown. We were concerned with the bridge closure because we didn’t want to cut off any neighborhoods.”
City officials say they hope they can finish in time for the holiday weekend. “Right now we’re slated to be finished in early September. We’re working as fast as we can,” says Marquez.
Either way the decision will come down to the wire, the completion date might be just shy of Labor Day weekend. City officials say they may leave the decision until the day before the parade.
The Naperville Jaycee’s Last Fling begins Friday, September 3rd and runs until Labor Day, September 6th.
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