The contractor for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Butterfield Road widening project plans to begin moving traffic over to the new lanes between Naperville Road and Wiesbrook Road starting this afternoon and into this evening, according to a release from the City of Wheaton.
Westbound traffic on Butterfield Road will switch to the two new lanes. Eastbound traffic will remain only one lane until crews complete pavement striping late next week, at which point a second lane will be open.
Weather permitting, the contractor plans to place the final surface on Naperville Road during the last week in November. All lanes on Naperville Road will reopen, and the intersection of Naperville Road and Butterfield will be complete. The wiring to interconnect the traffic signals around this area should also be completed, providing smoother traffic flow.
The intersections of Wiesbrook Road, Orchard Road and Legends Drive with Butterfield Road will be completed in the spring of 2013. However, all lanes at these intersections will be in full operation before construction halts for the winter.
The speed limit will remain at 35 mph, as this remains a construction zone. Crews will be performing intermittent construction work as weather permits, so please obey the posted construction speed limit.
Finally, the contractor will be working over the next few weeks to address landscape restoration issues and complete the remaining sidewalk. This will require sporadic lane closures during the day. Landscape crews will plant all trees and vegetation in the island areas and right-of-way areas in early spring of 2013 or as weather permits.