Rollins Road Reconstruction Lane Reconfiguration Begins September 24th
The following information is regarding the upcoming detour on the Rollins Road project scheduled to start September 24, 2014. Both IL 83 and Rollins will remain open at all times, turns will be restricted between the two roads for 6-8 weeks.
Project resident engineer, Mark Molnar, took a photo on site today to help illustrate why they need to have these restrictions for Stage 3 the next two months. The photo was taken from the center of new Rollins, facing east towards the rail bridge. You can see the new lanes of Rollins which will be opened up in a couple weeks (with more concrete coming soon to fill the gaps). A little ways back is the temporary bridge for IL 83, where traffic must remain during Stage 3. Between this bridge and the rail bridge, Mark highlighted where the new intersection with IL 83 will be built. They cannot build IL 83 south (right in the photo) of the intersection until the steel retaining wall in the photo is removed. That retaining wall is holding up temporary Rollins, so it can’t be removed until traffic is moved from temporay Rollins to the new pavement.
Because of this, IL 83 traffic must stay where it is until they can remove the retaining wall, complete a new wall to hold back the RR tracks South of Rollins, and tie IL 83 back into Rollins. Since IL 83 will be above Rollins, there is no way for cars to turn between the two roads, hence the detour. They expect this work to completed in November, allowing for full restoration of the intersection with no more delays from trains.
As far as work on the project, the contractor is continuing to install new Rollins pavement. Next week, they will start installing the curb and gutter and begin placing the asphalt for widening at the east end of the job, along with the driveways and widening on Hainesville. Com Ed has cleared the North leg of IL 83, so the contractor can complete their storm sewer work, place the stone base, and be ready to install pavement shortly.
Progress-wise, they are behind from where they would like to be. They were hoping to have all the new pavement installed by the end of this year, but there won’t be enough time for that to happen before the weather won’t allow this work. Instead, they have extended the project into next year. The stage 3 work will be completed this year, so they’ll still have an intersection that will function better than before (no trains). The roadwork remaining for next year will be much simpler than what they’ve had to deal with so far and hopefully should have minimal impact on you as you drive through. They expect the project to be fully complete in June 2015.
Detour could last 6-8 weeks
The following detour routes are a from the Lake County Department of Transportation:
Round Lake Beach, IL – The Lake County Division of Transportation will be restricting turn movements at Rollins Road, Lake County Route A-20, and Illinois Route 83 starting Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 6 A.M. Eastbound and westbound traffic on Rollins Road will be moved to the newly constructed lanes under the temporary bridge at Illinois Route 83 and the newly constructed bridge carrying the Canadian National Railroad over Rollins Road west of the intersection. Northbound and southbound traffic on Illinois Route 83 will continue to use the existing temporary bridge over Rollins Road. This will restrict ALL turn movements at the intersection. Intentions are to reopen the turning movements at Rollins Road and Illinois Route 83 by the end of November, pending weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.
• The signed detour route to access Illinois Route 83 from eastbound Rollins Road will be Hainesville Road to Washington Street to Illinois Route 83.
• The signed detour route to access Illinois Route 83 from westbound Rollins Road will be US Route 45 to Washington Street to Illinois Route 83.
• The signed detour route to access eastbound Rollins Road will be Illinois Route 83 to Washington Street to US Route 45 to Rollins Road.
• The signed detour route for westbound Rollins Road will be Illinois Route 83 to Washington Street to Hainesville Road.
Please drive safely through the construction areas and respect the business parking lots and neighborhoods by using the assigned detour routes.
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