As the Rollins Road Gateway project in Round Lake Beach wraps up, sit back and watch the entire TWO YEARS of construction in just EIGHT MINUTES courtesy of the dual construction webcams that were installed back on September 20, 2013. One is near Mallard Creek Drive & Rollins facing east and the other one is in the PepBoys parking lot facing south. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can also read and ad comments on our Facebook page
With the temporary Route 83 bridge removal last week in the wee hours of Friday morning, work now focuses on removing the asphalt, soil, and steel pilings that created the temporary Rt. 83 embankments. The bridge was placed on the north end of temporary Route 83 as it was being removed and has now been completely disassembled and transported back to ACROW Bridge for use elsewhere. The contractors continue to construct the framework for the concrete walls along the SW side of Rt. 83 along the railroad grade. You can see where the most recent pour has been covered up to allow it to dry properly without freezing. You can also read and add comments on our Facebook page
In the very early hours of Friday morning, the contractor removed the temporary bridge that allowed traffic to flow unrestricted over Rollins Road on Route 83. Once they closed the Rollins Road by-pass it eliminated the ability for drivers to navigate from Rollins to Route 83 and vice-versa. It took two huge cranes, each with a sling at one end, to lift the bridge off of its concrete ledge and slowly move it onto the temporary Route 83 overpass which is now closed. There it will be disassembled and transported back to ACROW Bridge Mfg. A lot of people, mostly commuters who don't use Rollins Road, liked having the bridge since it offered one less traffic light to slow them down. The resident engineer, Mark Molnar, had this to say regarding the bridge: " We’ve received several q
The new IL 83 pavement is now open to traffic and the intersection with Rollins Road restored. In the early afternoon hours of Friday, December 19th, the new intersection of Rollins Road and Route 83 was officially opened. That means that drivers are now able to turn onto either roadway in both directions. Previously, while utilizing the temporary Route 83 by-pass bridge, drivers were unable to navigate from one road to the other. The temporary bridge is scheduled to be removed sometime in January during the wee hours of the morning when it will disrupt a minimal amount of traffic. A large crane or two will be used to lift it up and set it off to the side to be disassembled and hauled away. During the winter months the following lanes will be available: A) Rollins Road: Two lanes in...
Today was the day that the contractors had hoped to open traffic up at the brand new intersection of Rollins Road and Route 83. This would have allowed the restoration of turning lanes from both roadways. However, due to the cold weather, the lane-striping contractor had concerns about their equipment functioning properly in the cold. The decision was made to hold off until Friday or Saturday when the temperatures were supposed to be slightly warmer. The photo below shows the new Route 83 concrete lanes on the right and the existing Rt. 83 bypass over the temporary Rollins Road bridge on the left (looking southbound from Route 83 towards Rollins Road. You can also read and add comments on our Facebook page.
The contractor hopes to have the steel retaining wall for the south leg of IL 83 completed by the end of the week. Also, Com Ed plans to have their conflict there cleared as well. Once that happens, the contractor will begin the final earth excavation and drainage work for that leg of IL 83. Hopefully, concrete paving will start in the last section of IL 83 by mid-November. Once that is done, the intersection of Rollins and IL 83 will be reopened and the detour over. That will happen before winter. The contractor is continuing to work on getting whatever other areas that they can complete before winter. Curb and sidewalk crews have been working throughout the project completing what they can. Once they are done, the landscapers will come through to place the final ground cover.