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Joliet announces downtown lane closures for sewer project

Joliet has announced nighttime road closures and bus-stop relocations with the resumption of the Downtown Storm Sewer Improvements project next week.

Starting on Monday, Jefferson Street will be closed each day from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to accommodate work crews, the city said in a news release.

The closures are expected to last about 40 days.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Jefferson Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the work zone.

The north entrance to the parking lot at the Will County Courthouse will be closed. The southern entrance to the courthouse parking lot will be accessible from Washington Street.

The Pace bus stops in front of the courthouse on Jefferson Street will be relocated to Washington Street during the project.

The city advises pedestrians to use crosswalks outside the work zone for their safety.

The Downtown Storm Sewer Improvements project is expected to be completed in the fall.

The project includes the installation of 2,800 linear feet of 60-inch and 66-inch trunk storm sewer lines on sections of Des Plaines, Lafayette, Washington and Jefferson streets.

The city advises drivers to be prepared for delays and to use caution in the work zone by obeying posted speed limits and watching for workers and flaggers.

Drivers should not use cellphones or text while traveling through the work zone.

Questions about the project should be directed to Owen Dean in the Department of Public Utilities. For information, call 815-724-4220.

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