55th Street - Maple Avenue/Dunham Road to Williams Street

DuPage County, IL

BE ALERT – Traffic from Fairmount Avenue to Cumnor Road has been reduced to one (1) lane in each direction.

About the Project

Purpose and Need

DuPage County through cooperation with the Village of Downers Grove and the Illinois Department of Transportation is rehabilitating 55th Street (County Highway 35) from Dunham Road to Clarendon Hills Road. Once completed the project will improve the safety and mobility of pedestrians and traffic throughout the corridor with particular focus the intersections at Main Street, Fairview Avenue and Dunham Rd/Maple Ave. In addition, roadway resurfacing and water main repairs are needed to maintain the existing infrastructure in a state of good repair. The project accomplishes this through the following major project components:

  • Turn lane channelization at the intersections of 55th Street at Main Street and 55th Street at Fairview Avenue
  • Traffic signal modernization/replacement including pedestrian signals at the intersections of 55th Street at Main Street and 55th Street at Fairview Avenue
  • Traffic signal interconnection from the Dunham Road to Clarendon Hills Road to coordinate signal timing between intersections
  • Traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of 55th at Dunham Road/Maple Ave
  • New sidewalk and sidewalk replacements including ADA compliant curb ramps at various locations throughout the corridor
  • Water main improvement/replacement at various locations between Main Street and Fairview Avenue
  • Roadway resurfacing between Dunham Road and Williams Street

Other improvements include storm sewer improvements, retaining wall reconstruction, curb and gutter replacement, driveway repairs and landscape restoration.

Funding

The project is mostly funded through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program, Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The remaining funding comes from local DuPage County and Village of Downers Grove funding.

Impacts to Traffic

To complete this project lane closures are required. Prestage utility relocation and other preliminary work such as temporary traffic signal installation, tree removal and installation of erosion control measures and various removal work will be done under daily and short term signal lane closures.

The majority of the construction work will be constructed in stages with traffic reduced to one (1) lane in each direction on 55th Street and the major side streets. Traffic will be shifted to one side of the road while work takes place on the other. Through much of the project a center turn lane will be maintained.

Access to driveways will be maintained throughout the project. However, when work is proceeding at a given driveway access may be temporarily be restricted. Residents will be given notice prior to any access restrictions so that accommodations can be made. If anyone has special access needs, please contact the Engineer at the number below.

Please BE ALERT and reduce your speed through the work zone as traffic patterns may change frequently throughout the project.

Plans and Exhibits

Plans, Specifications and Bidding Information are available on the IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) website. See links below. (Item 078 on the November 9, 2018 letting. Contract No. 61E06)

Project Map

Map Key:

Limits of Widening
Limits of Resurfacing

Construction Updates

Start Date: Work on the 55th Street roadway contract began March 15, 2019. Utility relocations began March 11, 2019.

Completion Date: The contract allows 110 working days to complete the work. Work is anticipated to be substantially complete by the end of 2019. Some ancillary work, restoration and cleanup may extend in to 2020.

Utility Relocation Work: Various utility relocation work is required as part of this project. This work is the responsibility of the individual utility companies. Utilities are located with the Right-of-Way by permit.

Construction Status:

July 10, 2019 – Storm sewer work continues.

  • Traffic control – See alert above. Traffic west of Fairmount remains in a three lane configuration as described in the June 19 status update below.
  • Storm Sewer – Storm sewer work is underway on the north side of 55th Street, starting at Washington Street and progressing west towards Main Street.
  • Water main – Only isolated water main connections and repairs are remaining. However, periodic water service shut downs will be required for this work. Notices will be sent out to affected homes the day prior to any shutdown.
  • Nicor relocation work continues on 55th St, east of Benton Road. Work will be on the north and south sides of 55th St.
  • ComEd’s relocation work continues near the Fairview Avenue at 55th Street intersection.
June 19, 2019 – Stage 1 at Main Street.

  • Traffic control – The lane configuration has been altered on 55th Street from west of Dunham Rd/Maple Ave to Benton St and on Main Street from Kenyon St to Summit St, to include 1 lane in each direction and a center turn lane/median. PLEASE BE ALERT.
  • Road widening – The removal of existing sidewalk, driveways and curb & gutter has begun on the north side of 55th Street in preparation for storm sewer construction and roadway widening.
  • Water main construction – will resume again week of June 24. Water service may be periodically interrupted. Notice will be given to residents the day prior to any interruptions.
  • Nicor relocation work continues along the north side of 55th Street, between Washington St and Fairview Ave.
  • ComEd relocation work is underway near Fairview Avenue.

April 12, 2019 – Water main work begins.

  • Water main relocation work began this week on the north side of 55th St, west of Fairview Ave. Expect daily lane closures.
  • Nicor relocation work continues on WB 55th Street between Lyman Ave and Carpenter Street.
  • AT&T relocation work continues on the east side of Main Street between Summit St. and Kenyon St.
  • ComEd relocation work continues near Fairview Ave and Main St. This includes underground work and pole replacements.

Contacts

Contractor

R.W. Dunteman Company
600 S. Lombard Road
Addison, IL 60101
P. O. Box 1129
Addison, IL 60101
(630) 953-1500

Design Engineer

Civiltech Engineering, Inc.
Itasca, IL

Resident Engineer

Alan Hasler
H.W. Lochner, Inc.
Lisle, IL
(630) 679-1670
55thstreetinfo@hwlochner.com

Project Engineer

Kent Kuper, P.E. (DuPage County)
(630) 407-6900

Contractor

R.W. Dunteman Company
600 S. Lombard Road
Addison, IL 60101
P. O. Box 1129
Addison, IL 60101
(630) 953-1500

Design Engineer

Civiltech Engineering, Inc.
Itasca, IL

Resident Engineer

Alan Hasler
H.W. Lochner, Inc.
Lisle, IL
(630) 679-1670
55thstreetinfo@hwlochner.com

Project Engineer

Kent Kuper, P.E. (DuPage County)
(630) 407-6900

Links

DuPage County Division of Transportation: https://www.dupageco.org/dot/
Downers Grove Public Works: http://www.downers.us/govt/departments/public-works/
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT): http://www.idot.illinois.gov/index