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 each direction with left-turn lanes at Hainesville Road and IL Rte. 83
B) IL Rte. 83: One lane in each direction with left-turn lanes at IL Rte. 83, Hook Drive, and by the Pep Boys entrance. There are also new right-turn lanes for SB IL 83 at Hook Drive and Rollins Road.
C) Hainesville Road Remains in the same configuration.
What to expect in the coming months.
That completes the last major work for 2014 and brings the project to over 70% complete. Traffic through the winter will be in the same condition as it is today:
There will be limited work over the next few weeks. The contractor will continue working on the retaining walls west of IL Rte. 83, one along the railroad tracks and the other east of Hainesville Road. The work this winter will consist of placing the concrete faces and caps on the walls while the weather allows. The contractor will also remove the temporary bridge from temporary IL Rte. 83, now that it is no longer being used. To go along with that work, they will also work on cutting down the embankment to bring the grade in-line with the new IL Rte. 83 pavement as the weather allows.
Once the spring weather cooperates, work will resume on the eastern half of IL Rte. 83. There will be another retaining wall going up at the southeast corner of Rollins Road/IL Rte. 83, but that will be the extent of the structural work.
The last piece of Hainesville Road and remaining miscellaneous pieces of Rollins Road will also be built in the spring, followed by the remaining work in the project.
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