GLEN ELLYN – By the end of the year, pedestrians and bicyclists should have a safer way to get through the Taylor Avenue underpass in Glen Ellyn.
Construction of the Taylor Avenue pedestrian tunnel project is set to begin in late August, according to a news release from the village of Glen Ellyn, with completion by the end of the year. The project, located on the east side of Taylor Avenue at the existing underpass of the Union Pacific Railroad West Line, will create a grade-separated pedestrian crossing, the release stated.
The project also is designed to improve how vehicles maneuver through the existing underpass by removing the sidewalk and maximizing the roadway width, according to the release.
The $3 million construction project is substantially funded through a $2.6 million federal surface transportation program grant, village officials said.
“This is an exciting project for the community of Glen Ellyn,” Village President Diane McGinley said in the release. “It has been a much anticipated and needed public safety improvement project that has come to fruition thanks to village engineering staff, the Glen Ellyn Village Board and our partners at Union Pacific Railroad.”
Construction is expected to take about four months. The work will require full closure of the existing tunnel through the duration of the project, the release stated.
Detour routes will be posted. Residents and visitors to the area also should expect lane closures and other construction activity that will cause delays and general inconveniences, according to the release.
Prior to the start of construction, an informational meeting will be held as an opportunity for the community to learn about the project and ask questions. Construction on Park Boulevard is anticipated to be done by the start of the Taylor Avenue project in order to minimize additional traffic congestion in the area, the release stated.
“Residents can look forward to an end result of a safe, functional tunnel for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists that can now travel safely through our town,” McGinley said.