Beginning Monday, July 20, the Wing Street and Rt. 31 intersection will be closed for nine weeks as contractors continue to work on a $1.4 million intersection improvement project. The intersection is expected to re-open in mid-September.
The project is largely being funded through The Surface Transportation Program, a federal highway grant program, that works to provide funding for state highways and local street projects.
The grant will enable the City of Elgin to widen the intersection to accommodate a left-hand turn lane along with new traffic signals and a new railroad crossing. The construction work is expected to last through November.
“If possible, motorists should avoid the area,” said Joe Evers, City Engineer responsible for the project. “Motorists are encouraged to use Big Timber Road and Mclean Blvd. as detour routes.”