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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Progress Report: Stage 2 of Washington St. Bridge Replacement Begins May 21


In Downtown Naperville, north and south bound traffic will move to the east side of the bridge while crews remove and replace the west side of bridge. (PN Photo)

Since this photo of vehicles in the west lanes of the Washington Street Bridge was taken on May 4, 2024, contractors are about ready to begin the second stage. (PN Photo) 

The second stage of the Washington Street Bridge replacement in downtown Naperville will begin on Tuesday, May 21. All traffic will shift to the east side of the bridge while the west side is removed and replaced. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction over the bridge.

Businesses in the area are open and accessible throughout construction. 

To safely perform the traffic pattern change, Washington Street will be closed to all traffic between Aurora and Chicago avenues from 9AM to 3PM on Tuesday, May 21.

After the traffic pattern shift is complete, the east side of the bridge will reopen to accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction through the construction zone. Crews will then begin demolition of the remaining half of the bridge as well as road improvements on Aurora Avenue at the approach to Washington Street.

Wherever this sign is placed on the sidewalk, construction crews appreciate when pedestrians honor it. (PN Photo)

The sidewalk on the bridge will be closed. All pedestrians traveling north or south on Washington Street will be detoured to the Main Street Bridge.

Stage Three, then Stage Four

The remaining stages of the project will begin after stage two and will include the completion of the center piece (stage three) and the completion of the east sidewalk, railing and other amenities (stage four). The tentative completion of the Washington Bridge Replacement project is currently anticipated in late 2024 or early 2025.

Travel is challenged / Perhaps seek alternate routes

Travel in this area remains greatly affected by both the Washington Street Bridge replacement and the ongoing Downtown Streetscape Improvements between Chicago Avenue and Benton Avenue.

On-street parking on Washington Street between Chicago and Benton avenues continues to be restricted through at least October 2024 to accommodate construction in the area. Through traffic on Washington Street will need to allow for longer travel time. Motorists should follow all posted detours and closure signs, expect traffic delays when traveling through the impacted area and are encouraged to find alternate routes.

For more information about the project, visit www.naperville.il.us/dtwashingtonbridge.

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