Major Traffic Delays Expected Next Week in Route 71 Construction Zone
Nov 20, 2014 05:16PM
● By Steven Jack
Motorists traveling along Route 71 through Oswego can expect some heavy delays starting next week.
According to Illinois Department of Transportation District Engineer Herb Jung, contractors will begin work Tuesday on a new temporary lane to allow for a shift in the traffic pattern for the construction of new permanent lanes.
“When they place that lane, they will be using flaggers, and traffic will be a stop and go situation,” Jung said. “We recommend that people use an alternate route.”
The work is part of the state's $21 million widening of Route 71 from Orchard Road to Route 34. When the project is complete in 2016 there will be four lanes running from Orchard to Route 34, including turn lanes along the way. Curbs, gutters, a new storm sewer system and completely new intersections will also be built.
Jung said work, which began in earnest in May, is slightly behind schedule.
“So far we’ve been doing a lot of underground work. It was a lot slower going than the contractor anticipated because they encountered a lot of rock underground,” he said.
Jung said work will proceed as weather permits over the winter, and he hopes the project will be back on schedule by spring.