On Wednesday, February 15th, the Lake County Division of Transportation invited the public’s input on the proposed improvement to Cedar Lake Road between Rt. 120 and Nippersink. The open house, which was held at Magee Middle School, was well attended with representatives from the Lake County DOT on hand to answer any questions. On display were numerous charts showing the existing condition of this span of roadway, the current and projected traffic count, and even a Crash report showing the number of accidents and where they happened.
This project is currently in the planning stages which is why they asked for public input. With the completion of Cedar Lake Road south of Rt. 120 to Rt. 60, traffic is expected to increase on this approximate 1.5 mile stretch as more commuters use it to get to work. There is nothing currently included in this phase that would address realigning Cedar Lake Road to blend with Rt. 134 and over the R.R. tracks. However, since the Village of Round Lake owns a large portion of land that could be used for realignment, it is sure to come up as a future project.
The State of Illinois owns this stretch of roadway but the County has been maintaining it. If it is reconstructed it would become the County’s property. Asked about the life expectancy of only “resurfacing” along with new shoulder gravel, I was told that it would last approximately ten years. However, since the roadbed itself dates back to the 1920’s it may not last that long. A complete “reconstruction” would last a minimum of twenty years and beyond. Photos showing the existing conditions indicates that it may not last until 2015 when the projected construction would even begin.
These photos are from several of the charts that were on display. I was told that they would eventually be available on the DOT site but no date was given. Several of them have links underneath them that, when clicked on, will enlarge, such as the existing conditions and expected traffic figures so that you can see what the numbers indicate.
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