Lake County Announces $100 Million in Projects for 2018 Construction Program

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Lake County Transportation Updates

April 2, 2018 

Lake County Announces $100 Million in Projects for 2018 Construction Program

Quentin Road

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is gearing up for a busy road construction season. In 2018, Lake County will have nearly $100 million in road projects under construction, including 30 new projects such as: 

Quentin Road: The road will be widened from two lanes to five lanes near Lake Zurich.
Project Website
Email Updates 

Millburn Bypass: LCDOT is funding this long awaited IDOT project which will realign US 45 to remove the two t-intersections and major bottleneck.

Old McHenry Road: Intersection improvement, pavement reconstruction and drainage improvements in Long Grove.
Project Website 
Email Updates

View 2018 Construction Program Map

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said, “The County Board recognizes that investing in transportation is directly linked to the quality of life we cherish and strength of our local economy. The Lake County Board is investing $500 million in transportation over the next six years and we continue to dedicate 100% of the ¼ cent sales tax to transportation. This results in $30 million per year to advance some of the larger, more complex projects—even State projects like the Millburn Bypass.” 

Work will also continue on the Cedar Lake Road Project in Round Lake. Project Website  Email UpdatesLCDOT is reconstructing and widening the road, adding a center turn lane, and adding a new multi-use path with connection to the Forest Preserve. A large culvert replacement was completed in 2017 in advance of the roadwork that will be taking place this year. Another capacity project scheduled to begin later in the year (or early 2019) is Weiland Road from Lake Cook Road to Deerfield Parkway in Buffalo Grove. This is a reconstruction and widening project which includes a sidewalk and a new multi-use path.  

Also on the schedule for this year, there will be several operational improvement projects, including intersection improvements, traffic signal work, and additional bike path and pedestrian accommodations. For example, LCDOT will be interconnecting and coordinating the traffic signals in the US 12 travel corridor from Lake Zurich to Wauconda and connecting this corridor to our Lake County PASSAGE network. Another example is an intersection improvement at Wilson Road and Nippersink Road. Project Website Email Updates

Much of the remaining work planned in 2018 falls under the preservation category, which includes resurfacing projects, culvert replacements and other maintenance items. 

Ann Maine, Chair of the Public Works and Transportation Committee said, “Maintaining and preserving our current system takes top priority when putting together our annual improvement plan. Well planned and executed maintenance and preservation efforts not only keep our roads as safe as possible, but it also extends the life of a road minimizing costly repairs or replacements.”

In recent years, LCDOT has more aggressively pursued repairs and replacements of old metal culverts with concrete pipe or new linings where possible. Heavy rain events have caused culverts to deteriorate faster than anticipated, making this a more urgent priority. This year motorists will encounter culvert replacements on Kenosha Road in Zion, Gilmer Road in Hawthorn Woods, and on Rollins Road between Wilson Road and Fairfield Road. 

Resurfacing Line-Up:

bike friendly shoulders

Preservation work to be completed in 2018 includes eight new pavement resurfacing projects. Resurfacing a roadway typically takes about three months to complete and usually requires lane closures and flaggers to direct traffic. Whenever possible bike-friendly shoulders are added during resurfacing projects. 

  • 9th Street – IL 131 to Lewis Avenue* 
  • Almond Road – Washington Street to Fairfield Lane*
  • Everett Rd – St. Mary’s Road to east of I-94 bridge*
  • Gelden Road – Deep Lake Road to Grass Lake Road
  • Kelsey Road – IL 59 to IL 22*
  • Kenosha Road – North of 21st Street to IL 173* (This project includes a culvert replacement which will require a temporary road closure)
  • Kilbourne Road – South of Russell Road to IL 173*
  • St. Mary’s Road – IL 60 to Everett Road*

 *bike friendly shoulders will be added during resurfacing

Work Zone Safety

road safety reminders

LCDOT is committed to roadway safety and we want to make this construction season safe for both drivers and workers in work zones. VIDEO: Roadside Safety Reminders

Construction zone speed limits are in effect AT ALL TIMES, not just when workers are present. Drivers should always slow down as they approach a work zone to watch for changing traffic patterns, equipment entering and leaving the work zone, and the men and women working on these projects. 

Lake County Division of Transportation Director Shane Schneider asked motorists to, "Join us and commit to roadway safety. As a road user, whether you are in a vehicle, on a bike, or walking or running along the sidewalk or bike path, there are decisions you make and actions you take that have an impact on the safety of everyone around you. Put down your phone, limit distractions, and remember we are all in this together. We all want to get home safely at the end of the day."

BE IN THE KNOW - Connect with LCDOT!

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, email traffic alerts, twitter alerts and PASSAGE smartphone apps. 

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: Enter your email, and visit our list of topics. Scroll down to sign up for General Transportation notifications or information about road closures, bike paths, specific projects and MORE. 

2018 Construction Map


Brooke Hooker, Communications Coordinator