North Aurora Road Improvement Project
The City has been working since 2006 to secure funding to improve sections of North Aurora Road to reduce vehicle congestion and crashes,and improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians in the area.
North Aurora Road between Illinois 59 an Eola Road is a minor arterial road with an average daily traffic of approximately 22,000 vehicles. The road is a primary connection between the cities of Naperville and Aurora and provides access to the Route 59 Metra station, numerous business and subdivisions.
North Aurora Road between Fairway Drive and Pennsbury Lane is a traffic bottleneck as the only remaining section of this corridor with a single lane for each direction for several miles on either side. The existing traffic already exceed the capacity of the current roadway and is expected to grow to nearly 33,000 vehicles by 2040.
The City has secured funding for two projects to improve the North Aurora Road corridor between Illinois Route 59 and Eola Road.
Improvement Phase 1
The first project is being done in partnership with the Naperville Township road District to improve the pavement between Frontenac Road and Fairway Drive. The scope of the project consists of widening the existing three lane road to accommodate two traffic lanes in each direction with a center turn lane, multi-use train, sidewalk, roadway lighting and drainage improvements. This project is currently scheduled to go to bid in March 2020 with completion of construction excepted in late 2021.
Improvement Phase 2
The second project will improve the north Aurora Road Underpass at the CN/Wisconsin Central Railroad in collaboration with the Naperville Township Road District and the City of aurora (as each agency has jurisdiction of a portion of the roadway along the corridor). The scope of this project consists of replacing the existing 107-year-old railroad bridge with a new structure that will span the proposed five traffic lanes on North Aurora Road, multi-use train, and sidewalk. In addition, roadway lighting, a pump station, and increased vertical clearance will be provided. This project is currently scheduled to open for bid in January 2022, with construction expected to be complete in late 2023.
- Public Input
March 12, 2018 Open House
To provide neighboring residents and businesses and the public with an opportunity to learn more about the project and to meet with City, Township, and design engineering firm staff, a public open house was held on March 12, 2018. Below are images of the exhibits displayed at the open house.