April 3, 2017
In 2017, Lake County
will have roughly $94 million in road projects under construction. About $56
million is carried over from 2016, accounting for two of the big projects
underway - the grade separation and widening/reconstruction of Washington
Street, and the reconstruction of Deerfield Road. The Deerfield Road project is a joint project with the Village of Deerfield and the City of Highland Park. In total, the Lake County
Division of Transportation will have 28 active construction projects this year.
View 2017 Construction Program Map
New in the 2017 Annual Construction Program, there is an expansion project to reconstruct and widen Cedar Lake Road from IL 120 to Nippersink Road. The plan is to reconstruct the road from 2 lanes to 3 lanes of pavement to accommodate a center turn lane. This project will include a new multi-use path with a connection to the Forest Preserve. In 2017, much of the construction for this project will be limited to a large culvert replacement with a road closure, utility relocation, and other off-road work. The main roadway work will begin in 2018.
Also on the schedule for this year
there will be several operational improvement projects. Operational improvement
projects include intersection improvements, traffic signal work, and additional
bike path and pedestrian accommodations. For example, there will be a sidewalk
improvement project to address a gap at the CNRR tracks on the south side of
Aptakisic Road between Weiland Road and Bond Street in the Village of Buffalo
Grove. A new concrete sidewalk will be installed with new railroad pedestrian
gates and flashers. Other examples under the operational improvement category include projects to expand Lake County PASSAGE
coverage and signal interconnections through more corridors.
Much of the remaining work planned in 2017 falls under the preservation category, which includes resurfacing projects, culvert replacements and bridge repairs. Maintaining and preserving our current system takes top priority when putting together our annual improvement plan.
Aaron Lawlor, Chairman of the Lake County Board explained, “Typically when announcing the annual construction program, it’s usually the big projects that are most noteworthy. And the past few years we’ve done some VERY big expansion projects which have made a significant impact on addressing congestion. But this year, I think the heavier focus on preserving our system is equally as important. Spending tax dollars responsibly to perform preservation improvements at the right time, saves dollars down the road. Here in Lake County we budget and plan accordingly to keep our roads, bridges, bike paths and other assets in good condition.”
Well planned and executed maintenance and preservation efforts extend the life of a road, before they become costly repairs or replacements. If implemented at the right time, patching and resurfacing can be more cost effective than a full replacement.
Ann Maine, Chair of the Public Works and Transportation Committee said, “We are committed to enhancing many modes of transportation. That is why many of the resurfacing projects will be adding bike-friendly shoulders. We believe that the public right-of-way is to be shared and well-designed road corridors should accommodate all users. Extending the shoulder while we are already working to resurface the road provides a big safety benefit for both cyclists AND motorists. This is an effective way to make the road safer, and it enhances our larger non-motorized program."
*bike friendly shoulders will be added during resurfacing
9th Street – Lewis Ave to IL 137*
21st Street – IL 131 to Kenosha Road*
Aptakisic Road – Buffalo Grove Road to US45/IL121
Bonner Road – Darrell Road to US12/IL59
Buffalo Grove Road – North of Lake Cook Road to IL83
Darrell Road – IL176 to south of Burnett Road*
Delany Road – US41 to north of Sunset Ave
Fairfield Road – North of IL134 to north of Rollins Road*
Grass Lake Road – East of IL83 to Deep Lake Road*
Greenleaf Street – North of IL120 to Washington Street*
Hunt Club Road – Grand Hunt Drive to Washington Street
Lewis Avenue - 14th Street to IL 120 (patching/partial resurface)
Lewis Avenue - Wadsworth Road to 21st Street
Rollins Road – Hook Drive to IL Route 132 (Microsurfacing)
Russell Road – East of I-94 to Kilbourne Road*
Saunders Road – North of Lake Cook Road to south of Deerfield Road
York House Road – East of IL131 to Lewis Ave*
County Division of Transportation Director Paula Trigg said, "Over the past few years, we have really increased our efforts to connect with residents and motorists. We provide real-time traffic information through Lake County PASSAGE, we have an interactive construction map to show you where we are working and what we are doing, we connect with thousands of residents throughout the week on our social media channels, and we have numerous email subscription lists so that you can sign-up for the specific information you are interested in hearing about. We understand that residents want to know what to expect when they hit the roads and we urge everyone to take advantage of these tools and resources."
Interactive Construction Map: Residents can use our interactive construction map to find the project they're interested in, click on the project
and see the latest information and important updates.
Lake County PASSAGE: We're using technology like never
before to help residents get where they're going and improve transparency. We
continue to expand our PASSAGE system providing real-time, local traffic info
on www.lakecountypassage.com, email traffic alerts, twitter alerts and PASSAGE
Social Media: Get the latest information, important updates,
and take a peek behind the scenes to see the LCDOT in action by connecting with
us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Email Notifications: Visit our list of topics and scroll down to sign up for General Transportation notifications or information about road closures, bike paths, specific projects and MORE.
Annual Construction Program Interactive Map
Brooke Hooker, Communications Coordinator