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Completion of the Route 59 Widening Work to be Celebrated July 29

The village is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony and is asking all merchants to hold a sale in which they use "59" in their prices.

July 29 is a day most Route 59 merchants -- and all Plainfield residents -- have been anticipating for more than two years: The completion of the Route 59 widening project.

The village will celebrate the day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and are encouraging all businesses in town to hold a weekend sale in which they price items using the number "59." In other words, 59 cents, 1.59, $59 and so on.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting event, the village will also pay to publicize the weekend sale, said spokeswoman Amy De Boni, who issued a media release on the idea.

The bulk of the $89 million widening project, in which Route 59 went from a two-lane to four-lane thoroughfare from Shorewood and Joliet through Plainfield wrapped up last October and November. The Illinois Department of Transportation held a 2010 to celebrate the work's completion.

Unfortunately, one section of the road -- from Renwick Road to Route 126 through Plainfield's downtown -- was not completed at that time. It's been being finished in sections, with the last portion being the stretch closest to downtown.

The widening project was one of those long-sought improvements that didn't come until after Plainfield and the other towns along Route 59 underwent massive population growth in the mid- to late-1990s. Traffic at times would be bumper to bumper at even during non-rush hour periods and a single car wanting to take a left-hand turn could tie up traffic for long stretches at a time.

Unfortunately, the road constuction was tougher on some businesses than the road congestion. Just recently, Edward Rizzi, owner of , said the effect it had on his business last year forced him to close this year.

Jason July 11, 2011 at 04:21 AM
Fort Beggs to Renwick has been open since last year. No part of Renwick has been under construction.
Nick Beam July 11, 2011 at 01:10 PM
July 29th? The signs off 59 say week of July 11th...
Zach July 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM
They mean July 29 of 2012, probably.
Zach July 11, 2011 at 01:42 PM
No mention of 2011 in the article. Only one more year of construction!
Judy Graham July 11, 2011 at 02:30 PM
What about the folks who live on Rt. 59? We need some sort of compensation, also.
John July 11, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Well, I'm grateful this is nearly done. Having lived in 3 other States of this great union I've had the opportunity to observe similar projects in other municipalities. In comparison it is embarrassing how long it took to complete this work.
Lisa G July 11, 2011 at 03:34 PM
I hope it will be done, but I never see anyone working???? Can't believe it will be complete by July 29???
Ed Arter July 12, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Last minute Major electrical revisions will delay completion of the street lighting / sidewalk gaps--currently, materials to support these revisions are being procured . Landscaping will not be complete until seeding restraints (per IDOT Specs) are cleared--looking at September now. Permanent power to the signals and luminaires wil not be in place and will wait on Edison to "get around to it". Final punch list work will follow the traffic switch via daily lane closures. Other than that, please be advised that the start of this project was advanced about 1 year to reflect the Stimulus . Further--the roadway construction is relative straight forward and can be done is a lot shorter time span than we have seen--It's those damn utilities who drag their feet and dance to their own drum at our (bill payers) expense. If all utilities properly completed their work in a timely fashion this project would have been done last year.Shame on you Ni-Gas/Fiber/Telephone/Elect.--you suck. And Oh yea,,When is the State going to settle up it's extremely late payment to the contractor--I hope all know Quinn placed a "Stop Construction" order recently. The contractor was given a promise that "The check is in the mail (we hope)" from IDOT. No tickee no laundry .

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