Work on pedestrian tunnel, McClintock Road underway

Closures, detours expected throughout projects

By Bugle Staff

Union Pacific Railroad and the Joliet Department of Public Works and Utilities began two projects this week that will affect rail and auto commuters, alike.

As part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s work on the Heritage Corridor railroad bridges near the Joliet Gateway Center transportation campus, the New Street railroad viaduct pedestrian tunnel will be closed for painting beginning Sept. 14. The new tunnel is located east of Chicago Street and west of York Avenue.

Access to the New Street commuter lot is available from Chicago Street. A new entrance to the lot has been constructed to the south to provide additional access from Marion Street.

Pedestrian access through the New Street railroad viaduct will be restored as soon as possible, according to a news release from the city. Until that time, pedestrian access to York Avenue and Michigan Street will be through the existing Union Station tunnel or the Jefferson Street sidewalk.

The city also announced that sanitary sewer improvements on McClintock Road, between the Lower Rock Run Dog Park and the Channahon Community Park, are expected to begin Sept. 16.

This work, which is part of the city of Joliet’s U.S. Route 6 Sanitary Sewer Improvements project, will require temporary lane closures and detours on McClintock Road between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Detour signs will be posted.

The detoured sections of McClintock Road will be reopened to traffic at the end of each day. The city said it expects construction activities to be completed in four to six weeks. Daily construction updates will be posted to the city’s website at For more information on either project, individuals can contact the Department of Public Works and Utilities at 815-724-4200.

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