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Slow going on Route 30 construction : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Slow going on Route 30 construction
Montgomery Board told two state projects behind schedule

by John Etheredge


Contractors for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are running about two months behind schedule on two major highway reconstruction projects in Montgomery.

Mike Pubentz, the village's director of public works, said he recently met with IDOT officials and was told that contractors now rebuilding and widening U.S. Route 30 between Briarcliff Road and Goodwin Drive are not currently expected to finish the project until late fall, possibly by the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pubentz said contractors were originally scheduled to complete the project by the end of August.

Nevertheless, he said contractors are continuing to work on the project and expect to install the highway's new eastbound lanes next month.

Pubentz said contractors will also start installation of a concrete sound barrier wall along the south side of the highway extending from Briarcliff Road east to Douglas Road.

The wall will be similar to the sound barrier wall contractors put up late last year on the north side of the highway adjoining the backyards of several homes in the village's Seasons Ridge Subdivision.

Contractors started work last year on the Route 30 project. When completed, the former two-lane highway will have four lanes of traffic along with protected turn lanes at intersections and a landscaped center median.

As part of the project, a trail for pedestrians will be constructed along the north side of the highway from Douglas Road east to Goodwin Drive. The trail will provide access for pedestrians and cyclists to the Oswego Public Library District's branch library near Goodwin Drive and the Ogden Hill shopping center just east of Goodwin Drive.

Contractors for IDOT are also proceeding with the reconstruction of the Ill. Route 31 and Route 30 interchange.

"They are also running about eight weeks behind," Pubentz said of the contractors, adding, "(But) they believe that the project will be done in 2014, a little bit after October, possibly in December depending upon how the work goes."

Pubentz said contractors are continuing work on reconstructing the bridge deck on Route 30, which spans Route 31 and drainage improvements.

Contractors recently also started work on rebuilding Route 31 under the Route 30 bridge, he noted.

"They are actually going to raise the grade (on Route 31) to meet the new ramp grades and the new Watkins Street (railroad) crossing grade," Pubentz said.

Pubentz said IDOT has awarded two, separate contracts for the interchange project: one for the reconstruction of the interchange and the other for the construction of a new railroad crossing just east of Route 31 at Watkins Street.

Pubentz said construction on the Watkins Street rail crossing is scheduled to begin next week with curb and gutter work along the street.

He added the existing Case Street rail crossing, located one block south of the planned new Watkins Street crossing, will remain open "for some time" as construction proceeds. However, the Case Street crossing will be permanently closed when work on the Watkins Street crossing is completed.

In addition to IDOT contractors, Pubentz said crews from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns the railroad tracks, are expected to begin track improvement work for the new Watkins Street crossing next month.

When all work is finished motorists will find a new four-way intersection with traffic signals on Route 31 at Watkins Street and a new rail crossing, also on Watkins Street.

Ask for update on
Montgomery Road plans

Board member Denny Lee asked Pubentz to provide the board with an update at a future meeting on the Kane County Division of Transportation's plans to reconstruct and widening Montgomery Road on the village's east side.

Lee said he had heard from a resident the county may be seeking bids for the engineering work on the project as early as next January.

"I would like to know what is going on there-just like that resident," Lee said.

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