Road barricades were put into place on Monday as crews began working on a lengthy project to replace a culvert and perform other upgrades on Sheridan Road over Bull Creek in Beach Park. | Photo: Gibbie Buchholtz

A nearly yearlong closure of a busy stretch of Sheridan Road in Beach Park went into place Monday as crews work to replace a culvert and perform other upgrades.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is overseeing the culvert replacement project on Sheridan Road over Bull Creek in Beach Park.

The project began on Monday and required the closure of Sheridan Road between Wadsworth Road and Oak Forest Drive.

A detour is in place to direct motorists to 21st Street, Green Bay Road and York House Road.

A special truck detour is in place for Route 173 and Route 41 to meet back with Route 137.

Access to residences and businesses within the construction limits will be maintained throughout construction.

The $7.8 million project, which involves replacing the existing culvert with a triple box culvert, is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

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The project also features the installation of new storm sewers and ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps on both sides of Sheridan Road.

Motorists should expect delays and allow extra time for trips through this area.

Drivers are recommended to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.