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Posted on: August 9, 2019

South Street Section To Be Closed For 12 Weeks As City Reconstructs Culvert Crossing

South Street Detour Map

Update - Sept. 9

Wondering what is the latest taking place with the South Street road construction project? Check out the City's "Pardon The Progress" blog for the latest information.

Original News Release

South Street between Southampton Drive and Burgess Road will be closed until Friday, Nov. 1 as the City repairs the roadway’s culvert crossing that was damaged by a sinkhole.

Traffic signs are being installed Aug. 9 detouring westbound South Street traffic to head north on Burgess Road, west on Kaneville Road and south on Southampton Drive. The detour is reversed for motorists heading eastbound 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, 1800 South St. Truck drivers will need to access the Public Works Department from the west on South Street and exit the same route.

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

The City is in the process of notifying Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Geneva Community Unit 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 Southampton 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.

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

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

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