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City of Warrenville
28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
Ph: 630-393-9427
Route 56 Expansion
Route 56 Expansion
Project Overview:
For more than a decade, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been actively planning, preparing various preliminary design studies and drawings, and coordinating with local governments on their plan to expand the section of Illinois Route 56 (Butterfield Road) between Naperville Road in Wheaton and the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad along the western edge of the Warrenville. The proposed expansion plans called for the 2.5 mile long section of Route 56 within the City of Warrenville to be expanded from one-lane in each direction to a minimum of two-lanes in each direction, a 30-foot wide grass median in the center of the road, and additional turn lane improvements at all major intersections. A 10-12-foot wide paved shoulder was also proposed along the north and south edges of the expanded roadway east of the DuPage River and west of Williams Road.

Project Status:
IDOT opened bids on both sections of Butterfield Road on January 21, 2011. The project was awarded to K-Five Construction and work began in May 2011. For a variety of reasons, the contractor experienced delays and completed the project in summer of 2013.

By the end of 2012, IDOT anticipated all cross streets would have full access to Butterfield Road. Additionally, Route 59, Winfield Road and Naperville Road would be open to two lanes of traffic in each direction. The last layer of asphalt surface was scheduled to be paved during the Spring of 2013.

Final landscaping will occur in Spring of 2013. The final landscape plans for the project can be viewed by selecting the following links:

Landscaping Details and Scheduling (1.25 Mb)
Landscape Plans (5.14 Mb)

Additional information on Butterfield Recontruction and Widening Project may be found on IDOT's website for this project, which also provides opportunity to ask specific questions. Anyone can contact IDOT through this website or the IDOT Website, by clicking on the Contact Us tab. IDOT is committed to respond with a professional answer within 14 days or less.

Route 56 Streetscape Work Group:
In order for the City to make informed decisions on what enhanced streetscape improvements it would work with IDOT to implement in conjunction with the construction of the proposed Route 56 expansion project, the City Council established the Route 56 Streetscape Work Group in July of 2009. The Work Group is made up of representatives from the City Council, Plan Commission, Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, Environmental Commission, America in Bloom and City staff.

With the approval of the City Council, the Work Group has enlisted the services of Hitchcock Design Group, a landscape architectural consulting firm from Naperville, to help them complete their assignment and coordinate with IDOT on streetscape improvement related issues.

The Route 56 Streetscape Work Group Basic Priority (Phase I) Recommendations to the City Council were presented to and unanimously approved by the City Council at their March 15, 2010, meeting. A copy of the presentation can be viewed/downloaded here.

ITEP Grant Application:
At their August 2, 2010, regular meeting, the City Council accepted the recommendations of the Route 56 Streetscape Workgroup and the Finance Committee of the Whole and authorized staff to work with the City’s Route 56 Streetscape Improvement Consultant, HDG, to prepare and submit an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant funding application for the following potential Route 56 streetscape enhancements:
  1. Street lighting improvements at the Batavia Road intersection
  2. Streetlight upgrades at the Route 59 intersection
  3. Traffic signal upgrades at the Route 59 and Batavia Road intersections
  4. City entrance and way finding sign improvements
  5. Specialized pavement upgrades at the Pedestrian/bike crossing and corner treatments at the Batavia Road, Route 59, and Winfield Road intersections
  6. Specialized pavement in the center median nosing’s
  7. Landscape upgrades not funded by IDOT
  8. Upgraded/painted guardrail and bridge enhancement improvements
  9. Reconfiguration of the Rockwell Street/Route 56/Prairie Path Intersections
The following City’s ITEP grant application was submitted to IDOT on August 30, 2010. Paper copy of the application is available for review at the City Hall in the Alderman’s office.

Detailed Cost Estimate
Enhancement Items Exhibit
Location Map
Letters of Support
Public Involvement
Local Assurance
Subarea Plan 

On October 29, 2010, the State announced ITEP awards, which included $994,220 allocated for Warrenville IL Route 56 Streetscape Project. The press release and the list of project from IDOT can be viewed here.