Algonquin’s Route 31 Western Bypass, unofficially scheduled to open today, then pushed off to Thursday will be delayed at least another week, according to a mid-morning memo from construction engineers forwarded to people who might be interested.
After two years’ work, no ceremony is planned nor any especial notification when it does open. “They’ll just take away the barricades,” said one source in the loop but outside the chain of command Tuesday.
Contractor and IDOT personnel armed with clipboards have been combing the project’s two mile course from Edgewood Drive to north of Linden Ave. since Monday to make sure everything that was supposed to be done either is done or gets done before the Bypass opens.
Scheduled to to reopen at the same time as the Bypass is Algonquin’s Huntington Drive between Main Street and Circle Drive. Its reconstruction was part of the Bypass construction contract.