Detours Ahead: Parade, RR Crossing Work in Downtown Geneva

Detours Ahead: Parade, RR Crossing Work in Downtown Geneva

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Because Geneva is the county seat, and frankly, because the Gov Center is where I work — and to be even more frank, because city of Geneva Communications Coordinator Kevin Stahr does such a great job letting the community know about stuff like this — we probably post more alerts about downtown Geneva traffic than any other town in Kane County.

Sorry about that.

Still, if you are traveling through downtown Geneva the next couple days, we thought you might like to know that a couple of events could cause delays and force you to take a little more time to get from Point A to Point B.

First is the Geneva Homecoming Parade, set for Friday afternoon. Second is Union Pacific Railroad work at the Third Street rail crossing, set for Saturday and Sunday.

Below are Kevin’s posts, courtesy of the city of Geneva.

As a final aside, if you have transportation news to share from any town in Kane County, send an email to, and we’ll help get the message out.

Homecoming Parade To Close Down Several Streets

Geneva High School students will celebrate Homecoming this weekend with their traditional parade Friday, Oct. 2 that will require several streets be closed for motorists.State Street (Route 38) between Third and Ninth streets, will be shut down at 2 p.m. to accommodate the event. All streets listed on the parade route also will be closed to traffic:

  • Geneva High School/Stevens Street east to Anderson Boulevard;
  • Anderson south to State Street;
  • State east to Third Street;
  • Third north to Stevens Street; and
  • Stevens west to the High School.

A detour route will direct motorists traveling eastbound on State Street to turn south on Ninth Street, east on James Street, north on Third Street and back east on State Street. The directions will be reversed for westbound traffic.There will be numerous police officers providing traffic control, so please use caution when driving through the downtown. The streets are expected to be reopened to drivers after 3:15 p.m.

Union Pacific Rail Repairs To Close Downtown Crossing Oct. 3-4

The Third Street railroad crossing in downtown Geneva will be closed to traffic Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, as Union Pacific makes track repairs.

The crossing will be shut down to cars from 7 a.m. Oct. 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, weather permitting. Commuter trains will continue to operate on their normal schedule, and pedestrians will be allowed to cross the tracks during the weekend.

Detour signs will be posted directing motorists heading south on Third Street to turn east on Fulton Street and then south on Route 31. The detour will be reversed for drivers heading northbound.

With the barricades being set along the tracks, downtown patrons will be able to frequent restaurants, shops and the downtown parking deck.

For more information, contact Geneva Assistant Public Works Director Brian Schiber at 630-232-1501 or email him at

SOURCE: city of Geneva