It may not be a bad idea to avoid Orchard Road through Montgomery for the next couple of weeks.
Workers from Plote Construction will be paving the new northbound lanes of the widened road between Jericho Road and Route 30 over the next two weeks, according to the Kane County Division of Transportation. Two of the lanes will be paved the week of June 11, with the third during the week of June 18.
According to KDOT, there could be some traffic delays on a few of the cross streets – specifically, Countryside Boulevard, Aucutt Road, Knell Road and Rochester Drive – as the pavers make their way across.
It will take a few minutes for paving equipment to cross the intersections, KDOT officials said. If you arrive at the intersection just as the equipment is beginning its journey, the wait could be as long as 10 minutes. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic at these cross-streets.
KDOT officials warned that there will be a lot of construction workers and equipment on Orchard Road during this paving process, and urged drivers to obey speed limits, follow the instructions of flaggers, and stay off cell phones.
The Orchard Road widening project is set to wrap up this fall, finally uncorking a bottleneck that has led to traffic congestion in the Montgomery area for years. Though Kane County owns that stretch of road, federal and state funds are being used to complete the project, and the Illinois Department of Transportation is in charge.
Plote Construction of Hoffman Estates won the bid for the work, and will be paid $9.2 million. Work stopped last December, and picked up again at the beginning of March.
The project also includes a bike path on the west side of Orchard, and new traffic signals at Aucutt Road and Rochester Drive. For updates, visit the project’s website.