Monday, May 20, 2013
Plus the parking lot at 47 and Hydraulic Street will be eliminated and more Route 47 updates.
Reminder Regarding Cell Phone Use in Construction Zones It is illegal for drivers to talk on a cell phone while traveling through a highway construction work zone or school zone. Drivers are also prohibited from emailing, texting or surfing the internet while driving on all Illinois roadways. Fines start at $75 for either offense. According to an April press release from Governor Quinn’s office, work zone speed fines are $375 for first-time offenders and $1,000 for second-time offenders, with the loss of their driver’s license for 90 days. If a motorist hits a worker, they face a $10,000 fine and up to 14 years in prison.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Hill and concrete retaining wall near Old Courthouse may see some work later this week and traffic could be rerouted.
Last week we updated you that construction on Route 47 through Yorkville would be beginning the week of April 29. Apparently the lack of construction cones and rerouted traffic has caused some to wonder where exactly this construction is. City administrator Bart Olson told the Beacon that local officials took that start date to mean within the week of April 29, not necessarily a Monday start. The Route 47 construction project will have many impacts, but the large plan involves Route 47 widening to four lanes from I-88 to I-80. After traffic is rerouted, IDOT expects to take out the concrete retaining wall and hillside near the Old Courthouse and then work with the railroad company to install temporary railroad signals, Olson told the …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
AT&T will be doing utility work north of the river starting on May 1 and construction beginning again.
If you travel on Route 47 for your daily commute, you might want to soon plan for a longer day stuck in the car. Route 47 will be undergoing more constrution and utility work starting in the last week of April and the impacts will include parking changes, one-lane closures and no more left-turns on some streets. The following timeline was provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for the Route 47 constuction project for April and May updates. Keep it in mind as you plan your daily commute and what it means for you. AT&T Contractor Impact to motorists
Monday, April 22, 2013
The program also includes funding for passenger rail development in Kendall County and the purchase of new buses for service expansion into Kendall County.
Route 47 is going to be getting some love over the next six-years. State Representatives Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) and Tom Cross (R-Oswego) announced that area residents will benefit from local road, mass transit and airport improvements included in the state’s six-year transportation construction program. “The Fox Valley continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Our transportation infrastructure absolutely must keep pace with our growing communities,” said Rep. Hatcher in a release. “These needed upgrade projects and the jobs they provide are all good news for local families.” “Not only will this provide vital road and highway improvements, it will also create jobs in our communities,” added Cross. “These projects …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Construction is set to begin the last week of April.
Monday, March 25, 2013
According to a report in the Aurora Beacon News, the city will receive $5,000 this year with possibly more to come.
The city of Yorkville is set to receive $5,000 from Kendall County this year to help install sidewalks along the Route 47 improvement project, according to a report from the Aurora Beacon News. The County Board recently approved some $50,000 for local government agencies through its Transportation Alternatives Program, which helps local entities pay for sidewalks and bike paths in conjunction with highway projects, the Beacon reported. The city is likely to see more of those funds in coming years as it pays out its portion of the Route 47 project. Other local agencies receiving money were: Read the full report in the Beacon News here.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The meeting will be held at the Meadowhawk Lodge located in the Hoover Forest Preserve on Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is holding a public informational meeting regarding the proposed improvement for Illinois Route 47 from Caton Farm Road to Route 71. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Meadowhawk Lodge located in the Hoover Forest Preserve, 11285 Fox Road, Yorkville. The existing roadway is reported at at or near capacity and traffic is projected to increase. The proposed improvement would involve reconstructing Route 47 with two lanes in each direction and a curbed median south of Ament Road, as well as a two way left turn lane north of Ament Road. The intersections at Caton FarmRoad, Walker Road, Ament Road, Lgion Road and Saravanos Drive will also be updated. The…
Friday, February 1, 2013
Grant part of $50 million in federal funds administered by Illinois Department of Transportation,
Yorkville was awarded a state grant of $491,720 for decorative street lighting and aesthetic streetscapes on Route 47, but when construction begins is unknown. The grant is a portion of $50 million in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Project funding announced this week by Gov. Pat Quinn. ITEP provides federal funding for community based projects that “expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure,” according to the press release. The Yorkville streetscape project has a price tag of approximately $900,000, according to an email from City Administrator Bart Olson. To receive the grant money the city would be …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Chamber event set for Friday morning.
As IDOT continues to expand Route 47 some area business leaders are wondering how the construction will impact their business. The Yorkville Chamber of Commerce, along with a representative of the Illinois Department of Transportation, is hosting a discussion Friday on the road expansion and how it will impact business. Demolition of the Muellner building on the corner of Route 47 and Van Emmon Street was completed last month as the widening of Route 47 continues. A retaining wall along Van Emmon Street to Fox Street is also scheduled for removal, however that is not expected to take place until a temporary widening of the pavement is complete, which should take place by mid-December, weather permitting. Yorkville City Administrator Bart …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Muellner building razed to make way for new lanes.
Demolition of the Muellner building on the corner of Route 47 and Van Emmon Street was completed last month as the widening of Route 47 continues. The building removal, one of the first stages of the planned three-year-long project, was completed to make way for the installation of temporary traffic signals and other improvements to the intersection, according to city documents. A retaining wall along Van Emmon Street to Fox Street is also scheduled for removal, however that is not expected to take place until a temporary widening of the pavement is complete, which should take place by mid-December, weather permitting. Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson said the $45 million Illinois Department of Transportation project will widen …