Rollins Rail Crossing Ready For Thursday AM Rush Hour

The work has been completed at the rail crossing on Rollins Road just West of Route 83 and all that’s left is removing the barricades. The photo below was taken at 5:00 PM Wednesday evening and all of the barricades were still up.

Rollins Road rail crossing will be open for Thursday morning's rush hour.
Rollins Road rail crossing will be open for Thursday morning's rush hour.

There appears to be sufficient remaining lane markings even after the concrete cuts and repairs were done so it’s unlikely that the closure will be extended to include new markings. On Tuesday evening about all that remained was to have the asphalt poured and rolled out to meet the Thursday AM deadline.

This is what the repair work looked like at 5:00 PM Tuesday evening, just waiting for the asphalt.
This is what the repair work looked like at 5:00 PM Tuesday evening, just waiting for the asphalt.

The railroad track will pass OVER Rollins Road when the intersection is rebuilt
The railroad track will pass OVER Rollins Road when the intersection is rebuilt

The intersection of Rollins Road, Route 83, and Hainesville Road will be getting an entire makeover now that the plans are being finalized. The ultimate plan that was decided on calls for the lowering of the Rollins Road and IL 83 intersection with a new bridge to carry the CN/Metra Railroad over the intersection. Hainesville Road will be reconfigured slightly to the West. Land acquisition and permitting is underway and the County anticipates groundbreaking in 2013. Four homes on Hainesville Road, including the one at the SW corner of Hainesville and Clarendon will be torn down and Hainesville Road will be redirected to the West of the McDonald’s Restaurant. The added land to the South of Rollins will be used for additional drainage around the intersection. PNC Bank will cease to exist at its current location as well as the Payless Shoe Source strip mall. The photos below are courtesy of the Rollins Gateway website which will have more current information on it as the work progresses.
This photo shows the existing three-way interchange of Rollins, Route 83, and Hainesville Rd. (courtesy Rollins Gateway)
This photo shows the existing three-way interchange of Rollins, Route 83, and Hainesville Rd. (courtesy Rollins Gateway)
The next photo, courtesy of Rollins Gateway, shows what the intersection will look like once it is reconfigured and the railroad passes over the slightly lowered Rollins Road.
This is what the reconfigured intersection will look like with new traffic lights and turn lanes
This is what the reconfigured intersection will look like with new traffic lights and turn lanes

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