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Work to resume on Route 38 railroad overpass project

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:49 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Construction crews are prepared to restart work Monday on the Route 38 overpass project at the Union Pacific railroad tracks on Geneva’s east side.

The $26 million project, primarily funded with federal and state grants, will realign Route 38 just south of the existing roadway and feature a “T” intersection with Kautz Road. 

Two wider through-lanes in each direction, separated by a 30-foot barrier median, will allow cars to travel over the train tracks. The project also includes left-turn lanes at various locations, curb and gutter work and modernized traffic signals.

Geneva’s portion of the project is about $250,000, which will pay for intersection improvements at Route 38 and Kautz Road, electric work and water main relocations. 

Route 38 has remained open during construction, which began in 2013, but traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use alternate routes such as Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway to avoid the area.

Once completed, more than 21,000 vehicles will be able to bypass the grade crossing on a daily basis, which averages 129 commuter and freight trains each day. 

The overpass also will reduce pollution with enhanced traffic flow and cars no longer idling waiting for trains to clear the crossing.

Because of utility relocation conflicts and weather delays, the new target completion date is summer or fall of 2015.

Project updates can be found by visiting the city’s website at www.geneva.il.us and under the link for construction projects.

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