Taking the ‘S’ out of Exchange Street

Exchange Street's 'S' curve will be only a memory once the realignment-reconstruction project is completed in late 2015.

Exchange Street’s ‘S’ curve will be only a memory once the realignment-reconstruction project is completed in 2015.

by Dennis Sullivan
editor@ewcnews.com
May 12, 2014

The Exchange Street realignment/reconstruction project was scheduled to begin in earnest today as crews continue preparing a new, more direct, roadway north of the current right of way east of Crete Village.

Will County Engineer Bruce Gould this morning predicted periodic closures related to Crete Village’s water-main-construction project are likely to occur after June 1.

In a move to detour traffic on state and county roadways the alternate route will use Steger Road to connect Illinois Routes 1 and 394. Residents on the south side of Exchange Street between Crete Road and Cottage Grove Avenue should be able to access their homes, he said.

But at this point, the new-road construction shouldn’t dramatically affect the current roadway, Gould said, estimating it would be at least a year before the current right of way is closed to switch to the new Exchange Street. “We don’t have a final date,” he said.

The current Exchange Street probably should be open this winter, he said.

Work also includes extending Cottage Grove Avenue, which already ties in with Route 394, with the new, more northern portion of Exchange Street.

Safety was the driver
Gould said safety concerns prompted the decision to create a “more gradual curve than the “S” curve. There have been quite a few crashes out there.” The new 1.5-mile-stretch will feature a center median.

Gould said the county would transfer authority for the current stretch of Exchange to the Crete Township Highway Dept, once the new stretch is tied in with Cottage Grove and Crete Road. He said the roadway needs to remain open because it provides access to several residences.

Crete Township Supervisor Tony Recupito was less than excited about the transfer.

“It’s going to become a burden to us,” Recupito said this morning, adding, “the amount of dollars we’re getting isn’t enough to offset the cost of maintaining the road and mowing.”

But Recupito was quick to acknowledge the new configuration would be safer.

Cottage Grove Avenue would be extended north to connect with the new portion of Exchange Street. Photo Credit: Dennis Sullivan.

Cottage Grove Avenue would be extended north to connect with the new portion of Exchange Street. Photo Credit: Dennis Sullivan.

“In the end, that’s better for everybody,” he said.

$9M project
The Illinois Department of Transportation is administering the approximately $9 million project, with the Will County Highway Department responsible for direct oversight because Exchange Street is also County Road 49.

Thornton-based Gallagher Asphalt Corporation was the lowest of five bidders, at $5,178,888, for the road construction portion of the project. Work includes installing a new storm sewer and box culvert, new pavement, curb and gutter, and replacing the water main.

Trees have already been felled as part of the realignment and reconstruction project intended to eliminate the “S’ curve.

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Original material copyright 2013 Eastern Will County News; all rights reserved

 

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