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South St. to be closed for culvert crossing repair in Geneva

Culvert damaged by sinkhole to be replaced

South Street between Southhampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed until Nov. 1 as the city of Geneva begins repair to the roadway’s culvert crossing that was damaged by a sinkhole. A map shows the area of the detour and where it is closed to trucks during construction.
South Street between Southhampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed until Nov. 1 as the city of Geneva begins repair to the roadway’s culvert crossing that was damaged by a sinkhole. A map shows the area of the detour and where it is closed to trucks during construction.

GENEVA – South Street between Southhampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed until Nov. 1 as the city of Geneva begins repair to the roadway’s culvert crossing that was damaged by a sinkhole, officials announced in a news release.

The culvert is estimated to be more than 30 years old. The reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 12 weeks, weather permitting.

Traffic signs will be installed Aug. 9 detouring westbound South Street traffic to go north on Burgess Road, west on Kaneville Road and south on Southhampton Drive.

The detour is reversed for motorists heading east on South Street.

Trucks will not be permitted on South Street between Sheila Lane and Western Avenue unless they are making a delivery to the city’s Public Works Department, at 1800 South St., the release stated.

Truck drivers will need to access the Public Works Department from the west on South Street and exit the same route.

The city is in the process of notifying Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Geneva School District 304, the Geneva Park District and Burgess Norton regarding the closure.

City staff observed the sinkhole over the drainage culvert in the westbound lane of South Street east of Southhampton Drive earlier this week.

After an underground maintenance crew inspected the culvert’s interior, several areas of deterioration were discovered.

Additional engineering field inspection assessments determined the need to replace the culvert and close the street to ensure public safety.

People who have project questions can call the Public Works Department at 630-232-1501 for more information.

A detour map and more details are available under the “Construction Projects” link on the City’s website at www.geneva.il.us.

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