Route 59 Construction

More construction and traffic is on its way to Naperville.

Starting on May 4, construction on Aurora Avenue and New York Street will begin, causing delays traveling East and West-bound along the drive.

The closures are expected to last until the fall and cause major delays.

IDOT is urging motorists to allow for more time while driving through the area or to plan alternative routes.

Continuation of the nearly $90 million Route 59 expansion project has already caused Northbound traffic to be reduced to one lane between Jefferson Avenue and Liberty Street up to North Aurora Road.

Also in the works are plans to widen the underpass between the cities of Naperville and Aurora.

Naperville City Council recently approved the $35 million project to widen the North Aurora Road underpass, which lies below the route for Canadian National’s Elgin, Joliet and Eastern railroad trains.

The underpass is 100 years old and isn’t up to the needs of today’s traffic patterns.

Bill Novack, Director of Transportation Engineering and Development in Naperville, says, “it’s a huge bottleneck along North Aurora Road, and it really affects both the city of Aurora and the city of Naperville.”

Novack adds that, “both cities have residents that have needs on both sides. It affects the livelihood of our businesses and residents for both cities.”

Both the city of Naperville and Aurora are looking for outside ways to fund the project while still maintaining the rail system above.
The project isn’t expected to be implemented for another few years.

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