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Route 34 Bridge Work in Aurora Will Reduce Traffic to One Lane in Each Direction

Apr 29, 2015 07:35PM ● By Steven Jack
Anyone who's traveled down Route 34 in Aurora near the Canadian National Railroad tracks in the past nine months knows it's a traffic headache. 

Since last July, the Illinois Department of Transportation has been working on a $27 million project that will result in a bridge over the tracks meant to reduce traffic delays and improve emergency vehicle response times on Route 34.

Well, starting Friday that headache might just turn into a nightmare. The city of Aurora announced Wednesday that starting Friday, May 1, a new traffic pattern will shift motorists to the eastbound lanes, and will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction for the foreseeable future. 

Crews will then begin to build the new westbound bridge structure over the tracks. 

When it's finished the bridge will be about 253 feet long and 97 feet wide, and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2016. It was originally proposed in 2011.