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East Dundee’s Van Buren Street reopens improved stretch

A vehicle heads Northbound Van Buren Street East Dundee Thursday after being closed for reconstructisince August. The street will be

A vehicle heads Northbound on Van Buren Street in East Dundee Thursday after being closed for reconstruction since August. The street will be completed very soon. January 3, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 8, 2013 6:07AM

EAST DUNDEE — The first phase of an extensive infrastructure improvement project along Van Buren Street that began at the end of August reopened to traffic Friday and should be finished in less than 10 days.

That was the word this past week from Village Administrator Bob Skurla and Village Engineer Joe Heinz.

The concrete for the light poles was poured on Dec. 28, Heinz said, and the poles are to be installed, which will be one of the final steps in the work. That project was a complete rebuild, Skurla said, which included digging the street down to dirt to rebuild it, replacing water and sewer lines, redoing sidewalks, and relocating utilities.

What delayed the reopening was that a subcontractor for landscaping went missing the last 10 days of December, Skurla said. According to Heinz, the lead contractor then completed that work itself.

The soon-to-be-finished portion is part of a bigger project along Van Buren from Main Street (Route 72) north to Barrington Avenue. The entire street averages about 3,700 cars per day, Heinz said.

Heading south from Route 72, Van Buren winds up connecting to Duncan Avenue and Elgin Avenue, providing a route from East Dundee to Elgin. The stretch currently under construction helps relieve traffic flow onto Main, as some drivers choose to remain on Van Buren to head north, while others opt to head east or west on Main/Route 72.

The next two phases of the project will begin in the spring. Heinz said that during one phase, drivers heading to Elgin will be able to access Duncan from River Street; but during the other, southbound drivers will be rerouted to Route 25. The plan is to have northbound traffic open during the work.

Like what is currently being finished, the work in the spring will be a complete reconstruction of the street and include replacing water and storm lines, and adjusting or upgrading utilities, Heinz said. The total cost of all three phases is about $2.5 million, Heinz said, with federal money being used to pay for 75 percent of the work and the village picking up the rest of the tab.

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