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County announces $100M in projects for this year

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Division of Transportation 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.

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

• Old McHenry Road: Intersection improvement, pavement reconstruction and drainage improvements in Long Grove.

Work also will continue on the Cedar Lake Road project in Round Lake. LCDOT is reconstructing and widening the road, adding a center turn lane and also 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 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 that includes a sidewalk and a new multi-use path.

There will be several operational improvement projects, including intersection improvements, traffic signal work, and additional bike paths. For example, LCDOT will be interconnecting and coordinating the traffic signals in the Route 12 travel corridor from Lake Zurich to Wauconda and connecting this corridor to the Lake County PASSAGE network.

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

In recent years, LCDOT has more aggressively pursued repairs and replacements of old metal culverts with concrete pipe or new linings where possible. Heavy rains have caused culverts to deteriorate faster than anticipated, making this a 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. 

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.

Projects include: 

• Ninth Street – Illinois 131 to Lewis Avenue. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added.

• Almond Road – Washington Street to Fairfield Lane. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added.

• Everett Road – St. Mary’s Road to east of Interstate 94 bridge. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added.

• Gelden Road – Deep Lake Road to Grass Lake Road

• Kelsey Road – Illinois 59 to Illinois 22. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added.

• Kenosha Road – North of 21st Street to Illinois 173. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added. (This project includes a culvert replacement that will require a temporary road closure).

• Kilbourne Road – South of Russell Road to Illinois 173. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added.

• St. Mary’s Road – Illinois 60 to Everett Road. Bike-friendly shoulders will be added during resurfacing.

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