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Geneva’s Route 31 underpass will close Monday

The Route 31 underpass in Geneva will close for about four months starting Monday as Union Pacific works on the Western Line, officials said.

According to a news release from the city of Geneva, vehicles traveling north on Route 31 in Batavia will detour onto Fabyan Parkway, Route 25 and then St. Louis. It will be diverted to Route 64 in St. Charles or vice versa for southbound vehicles. Local traffic can use Third Avenue in downtown Geneva, the statement said.

Construction of the train bridge, currently scheduled to be completed June 24, is part of a larger project by Union Pacific to build a third rail line from West Chicago to Geneva, according to a page about the project on Geneva’s website. It was stated on the website that the Third Main Line Project was launched in 2022 and is expected to be completed in late 2024.

According to the website, the project will smooth rail traffic and reduce conflicts between freight trains and Metra trains sharing the line. A fact sheet about the project notes that the rail line is one of the busiest lines in the county, with more than 50 freight trains and 60 Metra trains carrying approximately 30,000 passengers a day.

The project is expected to shorten wait times at rail crossings, reduce both commuter and freight train delays, reduce idling of freight trains, reduce train congestion and improve safety, the fact sheet said.

On Monday, the Route 31 underpass will be closed for the second time for the Third Main Line Project. The underpass was closed for the first time in July 2023.

According to the press release, crews will build a new train bridge and make changes to the pavement starting Monday. During the last time the underpass was closed, crews were building support structures south of the train bridge, officials said.

Other roads in Geneva are expected to close next year due to the project, but they will be closed in stages, with only one road closed at a time, according to the city’s website.

The crossing at Third Avenue will be closed for approximately three months starting in late June, and the crossing at Western Avenue will also be closed for three months starting in mid-September. The website says both start dates are tentative.

Geneva’s Metra train station departure platform, platform number two, has been closed since October 9, 2023, according to the city’s website. Passengers should instead use the temporary platform located east of Third Avenue.

The city’s website notes that Route 31’s daily paid parking lot and Third Avenue commuter permits south of the tracks are also currently closed for construction. The overflow daily fee area will be closed throughout the project as it is used as a construction staging area.

According to the website, the Fox River Trail is open during construction but has been temporarily rerouted to avoid heavy construction machinery. The pedestrian bridge under the train tracks over the Fox River is expected to remain open during construction.

rsmith@chicagotribune.com

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