ELBURN – After years of waiting, planning and wrangling, Elburn and Kane County soon will witness the beginning of the work to build a new bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad.
Next week, earthmoving equipment should begin to roll out onto the land near Elburn's Metra station, as contractors start work on extending Anderson Road.
Elburn Village President David Anderson said officials from the village, the Kane County Division of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation huddled with their hired contractors Friday at IDOT's offices in Schaumburg to review the road builders' plans and schedule for the project.
"The date we were given for the work to begin was Oct. 21," Anderson said. "And we're glad for it."
From there, Anderson said the contractors, Elgin-based Martam Construction and Herlihy Mid-Continent, of Romeoville, indicated it would take "220 working days" to complete the construction of the new bridge and roadway.
Kane County transportation officials have said "the majority of the work" could be completed by late 2014, allowing the road to be opened to traffic soon after.
Under the plans, Anderson Road would extended from its terminus just south of Route 38 on Elburn's east end, over the railroad tracks, to Keslinger Road near the Metra station.
The $14.4 million project is being largely financed by federal and state transportation money.
County and village officials have long sought the new roadway to create a new overpass of the tracks and give motorists an alternative to the crossing at Route 47 in downtown Elburn. Traffic routinely backs up there when the dozens of trains roll through the village each day.
"This is a really good thing, not just for the village, but for the entire county," Anderson said.
Anderson said contractors gave no indication that the construction project would impact people driving on any nearby roadways, or those using the Elburn Metra station.