A portion of Crystal Lake Avenue will be closed to motorists later this month as Union Pacific completes railroad repairs.
Repairs will start at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 on the tracks at East Crystal Lake Avenue near East Street. The street will be closed for 11 days.
Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley said the city came up with a “diversion plan” for the heavily trafficked area.
“We can’t really control what Union Pacific needs to do,” he said. “There’s no doubt it’s going to be an inconvenience. If the repairs are needed, they’re needed. ... We have to grin and bear it. At least it’s not Route 31 in Algonquin.”
Shepley said many motorists use the road to get downtown.
The detour will direct traffic coming from the east on Crystal Lake Avenue to take a right on Erick Street, and then up to Route 176 to get to Main Street. Drivers can then take a left on Main Street and take that back to Crystal Lake Avenue, Shepley said.
“If you’re coming from the west it would basically be the reverse of that route,” he said.
Union Pacific was not immediately available for comment.