Downtown Street “Hoyt” Closed in August for Bridge Work

As part of the ongoing Downer Place bridge construction project, Hoyt Place in downtown Aurora will be partially closed starting Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The one-block street, which spans between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place just east of River Street, will be closed from south of Waubonsee Community College’s garbage receptacles  to Downer Place through Wednesday, Aug. 22 so work crews can install a sanitary sewer and reconstruct the driveway apron.  Motorists will still be able to enter and exit Hoyt at Galena in order to access the college’s parking, back entrance, and the Aurora Business Center.  However, they won’t be able to continue south on Hoyt and exit to Downer. Signs have been posted alerting motorists of the pending closure.

Construction crews have been working on building piers for both the east and west bridges in recent weeks and continuing demolition work on the bridgeabutments.  Cofferdams have been installed in both channels of the Fox River to protect the water from construction debris.

Both Downer Place bridges spanning the Fox River were torn down starting in February and are being replaced.  The bridges are scheduled to be reopened to vehicular traffic in November with the entire project slated for completion in spring 2013.  For more information on the bridge project, parking and the latest updates, visit