Naperville Prepares for Upcoming Road Projects
With the thawing of winter coming to a close, it also signals the beginning of construction season. With 145 road projects scheduled for this year alone, Naperville officials are hoping to minimize the inconvenience to residents.
These 145 road projects are in addition to numerous other projects already underway, like the Route 59 expansion, the lining of sewer pipes and converting street lamps to LEDs.
“There’s a lot going on,” said city spokesperson Linda LaCloche in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “Several different contractors are involved, and we’re trying to coordinate everything so we’re not causing more traffic issues than need be. We’re very conscious of the traffic impact on the community.”
$11.6 million is being spent on the 145 road resurfacing projects, sans the Route 59 expansion project. The road projects are being spread out to minimize the inconvenience. Seventy-one projects will take place between May and June, while the other 74 will be completed between July and Oct.
“In our citizen survey, in 2012, traveling north to south was a major complaint, so the Route 59 project has been a major focus,” LaCloche said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve worked for about 10 years for IDOT to come in and address that. We’re quite happy that it’s being addressed, but we know that it’s going to be a pain point for our community and commuters throughout the two-year duration.”
Naperville is also in the process of studying the implementation of a traffic management system to electronically control traffic lights and help with the flow of vehicles through the city.
The sewer project is not expected to cause any traffic delays. The sewer project hopes to prolong that part of the city’s infrastructure. The project began last year, and 14,389 feet of sewer mains are being lined with a heat-cured resin.
The process of replacing more than 11,300 street lights with light-emitting diodes will use 54-percent less energy than the previous high-pressure sodium lights that lasted for only three or four years. The LEDs are expected to last 15 years.
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