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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

55th Street - Maple Avenue/Dunham Road to Williams Street

Updated:Friday, September 6, 2019

Project Location(s)

County Highway 35     55th Street
Between Maple Avenue/Dunham Road and Williams Street

Short Description of Work

The project includes widening the intersection of 55th Street / Main Street to add a left turn lane in each direction, widening the intersection of 55th Street / Fairview Avenue to add left turn lanes along 55th Street, reconfiguring Fairview Avenue to include left turn lanes without widening the pavement; some water main replacement; storm sewer improvements; retaining walls; sidewalk improvements; traffic signal replacements at 55th/Main, at 55th/Fairview, and at the fire station on Main Street; traffic signal interconnect to Clarendon Hills Road; and pavement resurfacing.  Access to Webster Street north of 55th Street will be eliminated, and left turns will be prohibited to and from Webster Street south of 55th Street.  Left turns will be prohibited to and from Washington Street.

This project is a joint effort between DuPage County, the Village of Downers Grove, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Traffic Control

The project will be constructed in several stages, with 55th Street and side streets reduced to one lane in each direction throughout most of the construction duration.

Contract Cost


Completion Date

110 Working Days are allowed per the special provisions.

Construction Status

Temporary Traffic Signals are in operation at 55th Street/Main Street.
Temporary Traffic Signals are in operation at 55th Street/Fairview Avenue.
Traffic has been put into the Stage 1 configuration between Dunham Road and Fairmount Avenue.  The north lane is closed and 55th Street is in a 3-lane configuration through this area, with one lane open in each direction separated by a two-way left turn lane.  Main Street is also in a 3-lane configuration.
Curb and gutter removal, sidewalk removal, and excavation have begun on the north side of 55th Street.
Curb and gutter removal, sidewalk removal, and replacements are also underway at various intersections.
Storm sewers and water main improvements are also underway.

Although relocation of utility facilities is required and the DuPage County Division of Transportation issues permits to the utilities within the Right-Of-Way, the D.O.T. does not directly control the work of the various utilities.
AT&T mostly has adjustments to do along Main Street. AT&T's work is substantially complete.
Comcast is currently installing conduits and relocating cables.
ComEd has about 20 utility poles to relocate along with the overhead lines, as well as some underground ducts and cables.  Contractors for ComEd have installed underground conduits and poles.  ComEd still needs to install cables at many locations.
MCI/Verizon is currently installing conduits and cables.
Nicor has gas mains to relocate or replace along both sides of the roadway, totaling more than 2 miles of gas main ranging from 2 to 12 inches in diameter.   Contractors for Nicor are working to install new gas mains.
WideOpenWest is currently installing conduits and cables.

Plans, Special Provisions and Bid Details

Link to the IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) website for plans, special provisions, and addenda.
(Item 078 on the November 9, 2018 letting)

Function/RoleResponsible Party

R.W. Dunteman Company
600 S. Lombard Road
Addison, IL 60101
P. O. Box 1129
Addison, IL 60101
(630) 953-1500

Design Engineer

Civiltech Engineering, Inc.
Itasca, IL

Resident Engineer

H.W. Lochner, Inc.
Lisle, IL
Link to project website:

Project Engineer

Kent Kuper, P.E. (DuPage County)
(630) 407-6900