Six new road construction projects are set to begin or have already begun in Lake County after $24 million was invested in the region in part from Gov J.B. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois program.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the projects on Monday that are taking place in the western Lake County area.
“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’s aging infrastructure,” Pritzker said.
“Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in the West Lake County area and across the entire state,” he said.
A resurfacing project with new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps is taking place on Rand Road (Route 12) from Old Rand Road to Main Street (Route 22).
This project requires daily lane closures and began earlier this spring. It is anticipated to be completed this summer.
An ongoing patching and resurfacing project with rumble strips and new shoulders is taking place on Route 60 from Belvidere Road (Route 120) to Route 176.
Daytime lane closures with one-way traffic controlled by flaggers are required. The project started last fall and is anticipated to be completed this summer.
Intersection improvement with culvert extension and replacement will be taking place on Route 60 at Wilson Road near Wauconda starting this summer, with expected completion this fall.
Daytime lane closures with one-way traffic controlled by flaggers will be required.
A project taking place on Route 83 between Route 120 (Belvidere Road) and Route 137 in Grayslake will reconstruct and realign the intersection and install a new traffic signal. One lane in each direction will be maintained on Route 83 and Illinois 137.
During the second stage of construction, a closure will be required for approximately 10 weeks at the Metra Union Pacific North crossing and traffic will be detoured. The project is scheduled to begin in spring 2022 and be completed in 2023.
A project at Route 173 at Lake Street, west of Route 59, in Antioch will make the intersection wider and a new traffic signal will be installed along with drainage improvements.
One lane in each direction will be maintained on Route 173 and Lake Avenue. The project is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed in summer 2023.
A project on Route 173 from Wilmot Road to Lake Street and from Orchard Street to the west of Deep Lake Road will be done for pavement preservation and micro-surfacing.
Daily lane closures will be necessary to complete the project, which is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed this summer.
“These projects represent a significant investment in the West Lake County area and are a big step forward in our work to improve safety, mobility and create economic opportunity for years to come,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman.
“We’re asking drivers to be patient, slow down and pay extra attention driving in and around any work zone,” Osman said.
Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois, which is the state’s largest capital program, is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s transportation system in an effort to create jobs and grow the economy.