(Caption: Traffic is restricted to one lane as road work is done in May on Route 23 near Meadow Creek Drive in Sycamore.)
The elephant in the county just might be state Route 23, yes?
Last fall, the resurfacing project of the main artery of the county, which was expected to be finished before snowfall, well … wasn’t. As work was being done between Oakland Drive and Coltonville Road, brittle material was found under the surface, meaning more work than anticipated needed to be done on the stretch.
According to Nate Sell, construction field engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation, faulty material has been replaced, and all that’s left is putting down the surface asphalt, which will happen overnight next week. Asphalt binder was placed, and electrical work was done this week.
“Mid-September would be a pretty good estimate for the project to be done,” Sell said.
The project might be on a faster track, if it weren’t for the fire that caused about $750,000 in damage at Curran’s plant in June.
“When that happened, it set us back a few weeks,” Sell said. “You can never hold that against a contractor – it’s out of their control.”