SUGAR GROVE – Members of the Illinois Department of Transportation's project team hosted an open house in the basement of the Sugar Grove Township Community Building on May 30 displaying information on a project to widen Route 47 from Cross Street in Sugar Grove to Kennedy Road in Yorkville.
Route 47 would expand from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway after the completion of the project. Currently, this project is in preliminary phase which is expected to be completed this fall.
This proposed highway improvement plan has been anticipated for many years as discussions of widening Route 47 began in 2010.
“We held a couple of public meetings in 2010 and 2012,” Studies and Plans Project Engineer David Alexander said. “We had a technical study group and got a lot of feedback. There are multiple municipalities and agencies involved including the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. We are in phase one, the study phase for the full 6.6 miles of the project. This project is in two IDOT districts which are divided at the county line where U.S. Route 30 intersects Route 47.”
The IDOT districts involved are IDOT District 1, which includes Kane County, and District 3, which includes Kendall County. Funding for part of the project has been secured as of May 29.
“There is no funding yet for Kennedy Road to Galena Road, but we just secured funding for Galena Road to Cross Street which is just under $62 million,” Alexander said. “The preliminary total estimate for the entire project is $100 million. The design phase for Galena Road to Cross Street will begin in the fall and will last around two years. Phase three is the construction phase and will be two to three years.”
Sugar Grove residents Michael and Beverly Spada are looking forward to the improvements this project will bring once completed.
“I own a property west of Jericho Road and Route 47,” Michael Spada said. “This project will add value and add safety improvements for the intersection. There is major congestion now.”
Different safety measures are being addressed during the study phase for the anticipated amount of traffic in future years. Barrier medians were included in the concept photos at the open house.
“The barrier medians included reduce head-on collisions and allow for increased capacity of traffic,” Project Engineer Jacob Roth said. “There will be better line of sight. There are also plans to straighten the curves on Galena Road.”
The potential impact the project will have on local wetlands will be minimal, according to a Mike Zorm, a professional engineer and consultant on the project.
“For this 6.6 mile project, there will be a 0.11 percent impact to wetlands,” Zorm said. “There is a joint permit process between the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”
Information and different resources about the proposed highway improvement plan to widen Route 47 can be found at idot.illinois.gov/projects/IL-47-Yorkville-to-Sugar-Grove.