In Elburn, progress to be made on Anderson Road bridge

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 7:47 a.m. CDT
(Al Lagattolla – alagattolla@sh)
State, county and Elburn officials participate Monday in a groundbreaking ceremony for the extension of Anderson Road. The project will include a bridge that will cross the train tracks in the village.

ELBURN – By the end of 2014, significant progress should be made toward the completion of the Anderson Road extension, a project that ultimately will provide a bridge to allow a crossing of the train tracks that divide the town.

Village President Dave Anderson said it “would be nice” for the project to be completed by the end of the year, but he said it is more likely that it will be finished by early 2015.

Progress on the bridge’s construction will be among the the 2014 highlights in Elburn. The bridge has been long discussed in the village, as there often are long lines of cars waiting on either side of Route 47 as trains make their way through the tracks just south of Elburn’s downtown area.

About 105 trains per day travel through the town, according to information posted on the project on Kane County’s website.

Anderson said Union Pacific plans to add an additional line on the tracks, which he said would bring more train traffic through the village.

“That makes that bridge that much more important,” Anderson said.

Anderson said 2014 will be a year in which there is focus on the village’s future. He said that the eight housing permits issued in 2013 were four times more than were issued in 2012.

“That means there are folks out there who have made the decision, ‘OK, it’s time to buy,’ ” Anderson said, adding that “it’s a positive for everybody.”

He said there is talk of new businesses looking to open. For certain, there are plans for a Dunkin’ Donuts, which will be built along Route 47, near the Jewel store north of Prairie Valley Street.

– Al Lagattolla

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