Prepare For Traffic Delays Over the Next 2-Years
On July 31, 2013, there was an open house held at the Round Lake beach Cultural and Civic Center to explain and answer questions regarding the Rollins Road Gateway Project. During the open house there were representatives on hand to explain the numerous charts and construction timeline estimates that will take place over the next three years. The display boards broke everything into multiple phases, although most of the charts all appeared similar. I won’t include all the charts here since they are readily available on the Lake County PASSAGE website at www.RollinsRoadGateway.com
It was mentioned in a “Thank-You” Facebook posting that over 500 people attended the open house which was held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. When I arrived around 5:10 PM the parking lot was filled to capacity and many had parked in the theater lot and walked over. I had already viewed the charts that were on display on their website. The only question I had was exactly where the temporary Rollins Road bypass would be built as well as where would traffic cross the railroad during the reconfiguration period. I included a couple of photos in the short video below to show where the temporary road would be build but am still not sure if it will hug Rollins Road or go a bit farther south and be right behind the backyards of homes on Clarendon (you will see a natural clearing in the video photo). I was told that it would be where the bike path currently is but after viewing that area it still isn’t quite clear to me.
Four homes on Hainesville have already been purchased by the County and they, along with PNC Bank and the Payless Shoe strip mall will be the first to go. There will be a couple of short (one lasting 2-weeks) closures to traffic while the temporary road is completed so be sure to find an alternative route prior to these closures. Keep in mind that Washington Street will also be going through a major upgrade and will be open to only local traffic (driveways, etc.).
All businesses in the construction area will remain open and will need your continued support during what will be very trying times for them. When it’s all completed it should bring new vitality to the Mallard Creek shopping strip as well as other areas along Rollins Road.