Open house will focus on Route 47

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Local residents can learn more about the Route 47 improvement study during an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) open house on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House.

Attendees will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions regarding the study, which will research the need to improve and widen portion of Route 47 stretching from Cross Street in Sugar Grove to Kennedy Road in Yorkville. The study will also consider improvements for a portion of Route 30.

“A lot of times during these (public forums), people will bring up property line issues or right-of-way issues that they’ve had, and they can ask questions about what exactly will be done,” Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said. “This open house is meant to pass out information and let people know what’s being worked on, but it’s also an opportunity (for IDOT) to collect information that local residents might have.”

Michels said preliminary design of the Route 47 improvements is under way. IDOT District 3 will fund the second phase —final design, project bidding and acquisition of right-of-way—for the Kendall County section of the project. Sugar Grove officials hope IDOT District 1 will fund the project’s second phase for the Kane County section of Route 47.

“If we don’t get the funding for a phase two or a commitment from (IDOT) District 1 to do the second phase of the project, then phase one will be done for naught,” Michels said.

Michels believes the Route 47 improvement is both necessary and overdue.

“Anyone who’s had to go south on Route 47 during a weekday can attest that the road needs to be widened,” he said.

If IDOT District 1 does fund the Kane portion of the project, the village faces the issue of the road improvements interfering with the two railroad bridges located on the stretch of Route 47 between Cross Street and Kennedy Road. Village officials said train traffic may be affected.

The Route 47 improvements will take a minimum of five years for IDOT to complete, including at least two years of preliminary design, two years of actual design and then at least a year for construction.