Washington St. opens to through traffic – Rollins opens under the bridge
There has been plenty of activity at both the Rollins Road Gateway project as well as the Washington Street widening project. Starting with Washington Street, the barricades came down late Wednesday afternnon and the road was open to through traffic Thursday morning for the rush hour. The contractors will continue working on residential driveways, etc. and may have to use flaggers on occasion to divert traffic if need be. The following video shows the temporary striping which was put on the initial binder layer of asphalt (about 6″ thick). Once the second 2 1/4″ layer and then the final 2 1/4″ top layer are put down, the final striping will be done. At that time it will have bike lanes clearly marked on both sides and a turn lane in the middle.
Here’s some views you won’t find anywhere else. After removing sheet pilings as long as 60′, that held up the temporary railroad bypass, the contractors are now able to drive under the new rail bridge and work on constructing the concrete retaining walls which require steel pilings along the sides. For some reason it doesn’t seem like that steep of an incline now that it has been opened up. You have to remember that we used to go uphill on Rollins Road to get over the tracks just like the bypass road does now. I was also told that the contractors were pretty well caught up on the delays caused by the inclement weather we have had and are back on schedule. This is what the resident engineer had to say:
Work has begun on the remaining foundation work for the new railroad bridge abutments. These abutments will allow for the placement of a second bridge in the future, once the railroad opts to build a second track. (This will not happen as part of this project, but will be undertaken by the railroad at some point in the future.) The first step of this work involves driving steel H-piles, similar to what was done in March. This should continue for the next two weeks.
The contractor has also been removing the steel sheet piling near the new railroad bridge. You can now see the path where the new Rollins Road will pass under the new railroad bridge (and temp IL 83 bridge).
Coming up, the contractor will continue working on the sewer and water on the east leg of Rollins and under the bridges. They also plan to start sidewalk and curb both on the west leg of Rollins and in the Jewel shopping center. Work on the west side of Hainesville s. of Clarendon has been pushed back to mid-August.
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