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Sycamore approves Bethany Road widening

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:22 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Some local residents may soon have to plan an alternate route while crews widen Bethany Road in May.

Sycamore City Council members approved a $918,000 construction project Monday to widen Bethany Road to three lanes from Peace Road to Aster Drive. The project is expected to start in early May, and that part of the road will be closed as part of the work.

“There’s going to be some inconvenience, but ultimately, it’s going to be a better product,” said 3rd Ward Alderman Greg Taylor.

Officials will lay a temporary gravel roadway to give access to employees who need to drive through that part of Bethany Road, which will cost about $15,000 more, City Manager Brian Gregory said. About half of the material used for the gravel road will be used for future projects, Gregory said.

Sycamore City Council also approved a plan to resurface along North Avenue, as well as replace some of the curb and gutter. The $191,793 project will begin around the same time as the Bethany Road project, Gregory said.

The North Avenue project is part of the city’s 2014 Street Maintenance Program, which also has residential streets listed for improvement. The city of Sycamore will address those residential streets when contractors bid for the work in the next four to six weeks, Gregory said.

It is possible traffic will be reduced to one lane in sections of North Avenue as part of the project, and there may be daytime closures, Gregory said.

Contractor Elliott and Wood in DeKalb will work on both projects.

Updated information on road closures will be available on the city’s website at cityofsycamore.com, Gregory said.

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