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Rock Run Greenway Trail closed at two locations in Joliet

(Photo by Anthony Schalk)

The Rock Run Greenway Trail is closed at two locations in Joliet for construction projects.

The path is closed from Paul V. Nichols Access on Essington Road to Theodore Street and also at Olympic Boulevard. 

The sidewalk section of the trail on the east side of Essington Road that runs north from Paul V. Nichols Access to Theodore Street is closed for a sidewalk conversion project. The former sidewalk will be converted into a 10-foot-wide paved path to match the rest of the trail. The project also includes pedestrian signal improvements at the intersection of Essington Road and the Paul V. Nichols Access drive.  

The work is expected to be completed by the end of June, but weather and other factors could affect this timeline. Updates will be posted here as necessary. 

Also, the Rock Run Greenway Trail is closed at Olympic Boulevard for a City of Joliet project. This trail section is expected to reopen in the fall. 

Other construction work is taking place in the Houbolt Road corridor and path users are urged to use caution. Construction vehicles and barricades are present as the work continues and intermittent trail closures may be needed as the city's road work continues north of the Forest Preserve District's Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access

In a press release dated April 8, the city said the roadwork will include an eight-week lane closure on Houbolt Road from north of Interstate 80 to north of Olympic Boulevard. Roadway, turn lane and traffic signals will be improved. 

"Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to consider alternate routes," the city states in its release. "Additional information will be released as construction phasing progresses. Full construction of the roadway, traffic signals, and turn lane improvements is anticipated to be completed by fall of 2024."



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