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Butterfield Construction: Crews to Shift Lanes on Naperville Road, Project Expected to Extend to Spring 2013

Crews to shift northbound traffic on Naperville Road to new lanes, close one southbound lane. Representatives associated with Butterfield widening project expect work to extend to spring 2013.

Contractors for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Butterfield Road widening project continue work on the intersection of Naperville and Butterfield roads (Route 56) in Wheaton to restore all lanes of Naperville Road before the end of this construction season, according to a release from the City of Wheaton.

Today, the contractor will shift northbound traffic to the new lanes on the east side of Naperville Road. Southbound traffic will remain in the existing lanes on the west side. While crews perform work on the island between northbound and southbound traffic, the contractor will need to keep one of the southbound lanes on Naperville Road closed, according to the release.

Other work under way focuses on improving overall traffic flow around the Danada shopping entrances and the intersection of Naperville Road and Butterfield Road.

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Electricians are installing wiring for traffic signal loop detectors, which will coordinate the timing for traffic lights between the Danada shopping entrances and the intersection of Naperville Road and Butterfield Road. This will improve traffic flow during the peak times and ease the severe congestion that is currently occurring. IDOT anticipates this work will be completed by the end of November. 

K-Five Construction will continue to place asphalt on remaining sections of Naperville Road, Wiesbrook Road and the entrance to Legends Drive starting today and Friday. This work will eliminate the drop-offs between segments of pavement and allow traffic to move faster through the intersection, according to the release.

Some published reports have anticipated this entire Butterfield widening project will be completed this year. However, representatives associated with this project have stated the project will extend into the spring of 2013, according to the release. "While the contractor is working to complete major portions of the project, weather is a key component in attaining this goal."

The current schedule has K-Five Construction placing surface on all north-south streets between the end of November and mid-December. During this time, crews also will work on other items including landscaping, sidewalk installation, and placement of the permanent street and traffic light fixtures. As long as there is no snow, this work should continue through December.

IDOT plans for contractors to pave Butterfield Road with the final surface and complete other items not completed this season in the spring of 2013. The City appreciates your patience as IDOT progresses through this significant project to greatly improve the flow of traffic in this area.

Information courtesy of the City of Wheaton.

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Josee November 09, 2012 at 01:40 PM
What about Winfield Road
MK November 09, 2012 at 01:55 PM
What patience?? Mine ran out a long long time ago. How long was this project supposed to have taken? The 1688 mile alcan Highway took 7 months to make!! This has been about 20+ months maybe? I have seen skyscrapers built faster than this stupid expansion. This bungled construction fiasco has cost people untold thousands and thousands of dollars in inconvenience and who knows how many lost opportunities. I have seen days and days and days go by without any work being done on the street on beautiful days last summer. How many out of work men and women would be glad to have a job working on this project for 1/2 the pay and filling 3 shifts just to get this thing done? I'm angry with how long this has taken by these slugs!!! Am I the only one?
Cathy Foss November 09, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Josee, I agree... what about Winfield Road? Heading west on Butterfield during evening rush, it can back up almost all the way to Wheaton-Warrenville South High School because of people turning north on Winfield. And MK... you are NOT alone. I pretty much HAVE to travel Butterfield the whole length of the construction for work every day. What should take me 9-12 minutes has taken me up to 45 minutes because of this construction. According to the plans on IDOT's website earlier this summer, a lot of the contracts were scheduled to expire Oct 28. And now we have to suffer thru the winter again? So very frustrating!
John Mihas November 09, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Agreed. This project has been a failure. This summer I was surprised how many days that NO work was done. K-5 needs to lose all state contracts.
Keith Reily November 09, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Published reports, you mean such as the documents from IDOT telling us it would be completed by November, 2012. http://www.dot.state.il.us/il56/Illinois%20Route%2056%20Flyer.pdf This project should have been accelerated by the area having one of the absolutely warmest and driest periods of weather for most of the entire construction phase. At the very least they should be done on time (if not before the end date that was agreed upon for this contract). Are there penalties to be paid by the contractor if they are late?
MK November 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
To give feedback to the person in Dupage County, Write or Call christopher.snyder@dupageco.org Chief Highway Engineer - Design and Construction - Dupage County Division of Transportation. 630-407-6910 I recently heard this is his "pet" project he is very proud of! Are there any local business owners/operators who would give their opinions on this project and how it has affected you? I would like to hear the impact this lame duck project has had on you all.
MK November 09, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Just to be clear, my concerns and comments are directed mostly at the Naperville Road construction and its effects on Danada businesses. Luckily I do not have to travel much on Butterfield Road, but the back-ups I have seen have been amazingly long. Wow Cathy Foss, you must have the patience of Job! 45 minutes? Daily x 2? That is potentially 1.2 hours additionally each day for you... for how many months?
Cathy Foss November 09, 2012 at 09:40 PM
MK, I work just east of Danada and live right near Route 59. When I leave work at 5:05, I normally don't get home until 5:30 at the earliest. I don't take Butterfield past Herrick as the back up from Winfield is nuts. So I go south on Herrick to Warrenville to either Batavia or all the way up Warrenville until it crosses Butterfield. One morning I figured out I had to travel through the towns of Warrenville, Naperville, Lisle and Wheaton just to get to work on what should have been a straight shot down Butterfield because they stop Butterfield traffic to let trucks in and out. Heaven forbid the flaggers would actually wait for a break in traffic to stop it and let the trucks in or out.
Scott Finnegan November 11, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The City of Wheaton washes their hands of this whole thing, when questioned. "It's an IDOT project." So, apparently, they don't feel any responsibility for projects in their own boundaries if it's not a project they own. Government at its worst.
Kate Haeger November 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Hard to believe this could take so long. They are building downtown property at a record pace...and this...this is disgraceful. Hardly anyone is every working on it and no elected official seems to take issue with the people who this contract was given to or ask any state elected official to start making calls and getting this done. How many times have they torn up this area? OUR TAX MONEY...so ridiculous. SO poorly manged. The weather? How could it have been better the last 2 years?
ANN MARIE November 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM
K5 or K9 or whoever they are, should be fired. The jon should be handed off to a responsible builder who will complete the job. IDOT (I think an I is missing in there somewhere) should be called to the carpet and the person in charge for THIS project should be fired. And to the The City Of Wheaton, how shameful that you are just turning a blind eye to this!! They SHOULD be more involved with the businesses who are losing REVENUE and their customers and citizens who have to endure the HORRENDOUS gridlock we face EVERYDAY on 58 and Naperville!! Who is the person at the city who is responsible for MONITORING this project ? They need to be fired too! Our tax money is going towards these peoples salaries and for the CONSTRUCTION as well! If I were a betting person I will put my money on the new super duper LUXURY complex being completed LONG before the Butterfield Road project.is finished. It has taken over 2 YEARS... to widen a road? WHATEVER.
frank booth November 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
So you're calling for the firing of the contractor without even knowing what is going on? Should the contractor be fired if money is slow to be funded, or if there are unforeseen engineering problems or IDOT issues with the project. Additionally, some of these projects were supposed to be funded with stimulus money, and supposedly some of Obama's stimulus money is not quite getting to the projects it is supposed to be. Ann Marie, you're post is just a prime example of the ignorance of so many posters on here. Ann Marie wants the contractor fired. Then she wants the person in charge of the project fired. Then a person from the city needs to be fired. Yet, Ann Marie has no idea about the mechanics of the process, who's in charge, or even why it is behind. So please Ann Marie, since you know so much, please enlighten us on the status of the project, and why it is behind, and what can be done to speed it up. Because, if you fire everyone, it will probably take longer to get done. Because that's what happens when you have no one working on the project.
John Mihas November 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Frank why don't you enlighten everybody. Are you related to K5 or anyone else involved in this project? You seem to blame the taxpayers for complaining, but provide no substance. As taxpayers we have the right to questions the incompetence of this project.
ANN MARIE November 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Frank, I am just a simple tax payer helpingPAY for the neverending project. I am a consumer who has been forced to endure the never ending traffic in that part of town for 2 YEARS. we sinply want an HONEST update, BUT, since no one from K5, the Cirt of Wheaton or IDOT is willing to actually SAY something to placate people like myself you know the type, (the whiney, tax paying consumer has been super inconvenienced dozens of times)> Thank goodness we have someone of superior caliber like yourself is coming to the defense of the project> Please Frank enlighten us, WHEN WILL WE SEE THIS PROJECT COMPLETED. A REAL DATE PLEASE. Oh and while you are at it, please do fill us in 1) IF funds are not coming in to the contractor due to the lack of Obama stimulus money, 2) what unforeseen, That would at least HELP explain SOMETHING as to why this has not been completed.
frank booth November 12, 2012 at 05:48 PM
And that is where you go wrong- I'm not defending the project in any way. I'm saying that before you decide on who is responsible, you may want to get some information on who the problem is with. And I never said I knew what the cause is- I offered up a bunch of potential issues that could exist. I drive right through it no less than twice a day, and it is an inconvenience, but I also understand the issues in running a business, obtaining funding, scheduling issues, etc. Not everything finishes on schedule all of the time, for a variety of reasons, even with the best of intentions. I mean, think about it. You have a state that is practically bankrupt, so it would be reasonable to think there may be money issues. We all know that our state government runs with a large degree of ineptitude, so there could be problems there, as well as staffing issues as government entities lay people off. Could there be contractor issues? Of course there could. But the fact is that you don't know and I don't know, but you just want to employ the shotgun method of blasting everything just because you're frustrated, which is absolutely pointless. Asking me for a completion date is just plain ignorant, as I have nothing to do with the project, nor have I been irritated enough to seek answers. Sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to- but it's not the end of the world. If you want to put your energy into whining about it, that's your right, so enjoy yourself.

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