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End of Route 71 Project Nearing

Nov 03, 2016 07:20AM ● Published by Steven Jack

As the end of the three-year, $21 million widening of Route 71 nears, the Oswego Police Department is advising commuters of upcoming traffic changes.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will activate the new traffic lights along Route 71 between Orchard and Wolfs Crossing roads this week, weather permitting. Police urge drivers to use extra caution as motorists become familiar with the signals.

IDOT is also anticipating barrel removal on Route 71 on or before Nov. 14, opening all lanes in the roadway. Oswego Police will place a message board on the roadway starting Nov. 6, as a reminder to travel the posted speed limit.

Oswego Police also will conduct extra patrols along Route 71 once the roadway fully opens. Specifically, police will focus on speed violations, seat belts and cell phone usage.

Additionally, the public should anticipate a strong police presence enforcing safe driving in the school zone in front of Oswego High School due to a higher volume of inexperienced drivers that are in the area on a daily basis. 

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