Politicians and community leaders of all kinds gathered Monday afternoon in Elburn, plunging shovels into the earth at a groundbreaking event to mark the beginning of the Anderson Road extension, which ultimately will bring a much-needed bridge crossing to the area.
It is a vital project that required a great deal of cooperation and coordination – including more than $21 million in state, local and federal funding. Officials from Kane County and Elburn were there, along with state Rep. Kay Hatcher, a representative from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office and those representing ShoDeen and Kaneland School District 302.
Anderson Road currently ends at Prairie Valley Street in Elburn. The extension will push the road past the Metra station area in Elburn and over the tracks. At this point, those driving through Elburn are prone to be stuck at the tracks on Route 47, where studies show 105 trains a day pass through. In the future, drivers will be able to avoid train traffic by taking Anderson Road.
Years in the making, the project ultimately is an example of what government and community leadership should be – people coming together and working hard to help create something that will benefit thousands of people.