Bridge construction could begin this fall

By on May 9, 2013

ELBURN—Construction on the Anderson Road bridge may begin as early as this fall, which means the end could be in sight for endless traffic hold-ups at the railroad crossing on Route 47 in Elburn.

The project will include an extension of Anderson Road, from Route 38 to Keslinger Road. The bridge would provide an overpass of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

The project has been in the planning stages for years, and was considered by Kane County to be a top priority transportation project, with $21.7 million in federal, state and local funding set aside for it.

The project was dependent on an agreement between the village of Elburn and Geneva-based development company ShoDeen, Inc. for ShoDeen’s proposed Elburn Station residential and commercial development surrounding the Elburn Metra train station.

Village Board discussions on the Elburn Station project were tabled in October 2012, putting the Anderson Road project on hold until the beginning of this year, when discussions resumed. The Village Board reached an agreement with ShoDeen’s Dave Patzelt earlier this year, paving the way for construction to begin.

According to Village President Dave Anderson, the various governmental agencies have several more hoops to jump through, including a hearing on Tuesday, May 14, with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Currently, the project plan calls for the closure of the Pouley Road railroad crossing, which trustee Bill Grabarek said could impede the scope of Elburn’s planning north of the tracks and south of Route 38.

Trustee Ken Anderson said he would prefer not to see the Pouley Road closure, either, as it would limit access to the Elburn Metra train station. However, he said that the village does not have control over that decision. Pouley Road is outside the village boundaries, and is considered a Blackberry Township road.