County officials say a stretch of Monaville Road in Lake Villa is expected to reopen next week after crews closed the road for an emergency culvert repair almost two months ago.
The culvert is located on Monaville Road just west of Cedar Lake Road in Lake Villa.
Signs of a potential culvert failure were noticed on April 13 during a routine road inspection by Lake County Division of Transportation maintenance personnel.
The Lake County Division of Transportation closed Monaville Road to through traffic from Fairfield Road to Cedar Lake Road.
A signed detour was put into place while repairs were being scheduled, officials said.
The culvert was aging and a project had been scheduled to replace it later in 2022, the transportation division said.
On Wednesday, officials said in an update that the roadway is anticipated to reopen the week of June 6.
The contractor has since set the new precast box culvert.
After the culvert was set, crews installed reinforcement bars, poured the concrete wall in two stages which cured over the holiday weekend and installed a waterproof barrier.
Efforts are now shifting to getting the road paved and ready to be opened next week, the transportation division said.
Work will continue at the site after opening to traffic for minor grading, guardrail installation and landscaping.
The detour route of Cedar Lake Road to Rollins Road to Fairfield Road remains in place.
Local traffic has access from Fairfield Road east of the culvert. The road near the culvert is still closed to all traffic.
“We thank everyone for their patience and the contractor that has worked in the rain and on weekends to keep the project moving forward,” county officials said.