Rollins Road Gateway Updates

Featuring Photos, Videos, & Interviews During the Construction

Construction Phase 2A

Construction Phase 2A

As the construction begins on the Rollins Road Gateway Project at Route 83 and Rollins Road you will find updates, photos, and videos as soon as they become available to show how the construction is progressing along with traffic issues. This page will contain a separate running blog update on what is going on in the construction zone once it gets started. You can also click on our RSS feed to get regular upates on all new posts.

Click on an image below to view ongoing construction scenes taken every half hour from either Camera A (Rollins Road) or camera B (Route 83)

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Work Continues on Removing Temporary Rt. 83

by Gene Carey : January 21, 2015 5:54 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

With the temporary Route 83 bridge removal last week in the wee hours of Friday morning, work now focuses on removing the asphalt, soil, and steel pilings that created the temporary Rt. 83 embankments. The bridge was placed on the north end of temporary Route 83 as it was being removed and has now been completely disassembled and transported back to ACROW Bridge for use elsewhere.

View minus temporary Route 83 bridge

View minus temporary Route 83 bridge

ACROW bridge has been disassembled and hauled away

ACROW bridge has been disassembled and hauled away

The contractors continue to construct the framework for the concrete walls along the SW side of Rt. 83 along the railroad grade. You can see where the most recent pour has been covered up to allow it to dry properly without freezing.

Asphalt removed on south end of temporary Route 83

Asphalt removed on south end of temporary Route 83


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Temporary Route 83 Bridge Removed 1-16-15

by Gene Carey : January 17, 2015 1:21 AM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

Getting set-up to remove the temporary Rt. 83 bridge

Setting up to remove the temporary Rt. 83 bridge

In the very early hours of Friday morning, the contractor removed the temporary bridge that allowed traffic to flow unrestricted over Rollins Road on Route 83. Once they closed the Rollins Road by-pass it eliminated the ability for drivers to navigate from Rollins to Route 83 and vice-versa.

It took two huge cranes, each with a sling at one end, to lift the bridge off of its concrete ledge and slowly move it onto the temporary Route 83 overpass which is now closed. There it will be disassembled and transported back to ACROW Bridge Mfg.

A lot of people, mostly commuters who don’t use Rollins Road, liked having the bridge since it offered one less traffic light to slow them down. The resident engineer, Mark Molnar, had this to say regarding the bridge: ”

We’ve received several questions over the past few weeks lamenting the loss of the bridge and asking why we’re not building a permanent bridge for IL 83.  I figured there’s a few of you out there who are wondering the same but haven’t asked yet

In summary, a permanent IL 83 bridge over Rollins was explored during the design.  Through computer modeling of traffic at the intersection, it was found that the bridge did not really improve traffic over what we’re building now, but would have cost significantly more.”

The following video shows how the two cranes worked in tandem to slowly move the temporary bridge to its new resting sopt.


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New Rollins Rd. – Route 83 Intersection Officially Opens

by Gene Carey : December 19, 2014 9:43 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

The new IL 83 pavement is now open to traffic and the intersection with Rollins Road restored.

Rollins & Rt. 83 intersection open to traffic

Rollins & Rt. 83 intersection open to traffic

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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Weather Delays Opening of New Rollins/Rt. 83 Intersection

by Gene Carey : December 17, 2014 4:14 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

Today was the day that the contractors had hoped to open traffic up at the brand new intersection of Rollins Road and Route 83. This would have allowed the restoration of turning lanes from both roadways. However, due to the cold weather, the lane-striping contractor had concerns about their equipment functioning properly in the cold. The decision was made to hold off until Friday or Saturday when the temperatures were supposed to be slightly warmer.

The photo below shows the new Route 83 concrete lanes on the right and the existing Rt. 83 bypass over the temporary Rollins Road bridge on the left (looking southbound from Route 83 towards Rollins Road.

Intersection

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Rollins Road Gateway Update 10-29-14

by Gene Carey : October 29, 2014 6:38 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Rollins Road UpdateThe contractor hopes to have the steel retaining wall for the south leg of IL 83 completed by the end of the week.  Also, Com Ed plans to have their conflict there cleared as well.  Once that happens, the contractor will begin the final earth excavation and drainage work for that leg of IL 83.  Hopefully, concrete paving will start in the last section of IL 83 by mid-November.  Once that is done, the intersection of Rollins and IL 83 will be reopened and the detour over.  That will happen before winter.

The contractor is continuing to work on getting whatever other areas that they can complete before winter.  Curb and sidewalk crews have been working throughout the project completing what they can.  Once they are done, the landscapers will come through to place the final ground cover.

Work has started in the parking lot south of Rollins and east of IL 83.  They’ll get as much of that finished as they can this year, with the rest to follow after temporary IL 83 has been removed.

Also, they have begun staining the new concrete walls.  Below is a photo of the first section.  Hopefully, you can imagine how much nicer it will look with grass in front of it instead of clay. The new retaining wall in front of Little Caesars will give you an idea of what the final product will look like.

As they see it, the work remaining for the spring will be:

a) construction of the east half of IL 83

b) completing Hainesville where it is crossing temporary Rollins Road

c) completing and landscaping the remaining medians on Rollins and IL 83

d) resurfacing IL 83 (and maybe Rollins) at our job limits

e) re-grading and landscaping Gateway Park

f) final restoration of the parking lots east of IL 83.

They expect this to be all wrapped up by early summer.

[Thank you to Mark S. Molnar, Resident Project Manager, for this update & photo]

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An Accident Just Waiting to Happen

by Gene Carey : October 2, 2014 3:47 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

Not Guilty

Not Guilty

During my almost daily travels around the Rollins Road Gateway project I came across a situation that has “major lawsuit” written all over it. We’ve all read about the head-on collisions that happen when someone is going the wrong way on the tollway or on Route 41 that generally result in death or injuries to innocent people.

Today, I came across that type of situation but in this case I don’t believe a judge or jury would ever find the defendant guilty. Why? Because the intersection that I came across is lacking the proper signage instructing drivers NOT to make a left turn. Doing so would put them on the westbound only Rollins Road, directly into two lanes of oncoming traffic. I am referring to the western entrance/exit to the Mallard Creek Shopping Center right next to Latino Cellular, Game Stop, Nails & Spa, and Rosati’s Pizza just to name a few. If a patron leaves any of those businesses and uses the exit onto Rollins Road, there is NO signage indicating that No Left Turns are allowed.

Would you find them guilty if they caused an accident? More than likely the attorneys would go after the Village of Round Lake Beach, Lake County, the general contractors, and the company responsible for installing all of the revised signage. Hopefully this dangerous situation will get resolved ASAP.

Entrance/Exit to Mallard Creek Shopping Center fails to warn drivers of NO LEFT TURN

Entrance/Exit to Mallard Creek Shopping Center fails to warn drivers of NO LEFT TURN


UPDATE ON SIGNAGE ~ October 6th
After posting this and contacting several people with the ability to correct the situation, a temporary NO LEFT TURN sign was placed on a make-shift stand in the median the following morning.
1st Sign
That was followed by better signage several days later as shown below.
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I had thought all along that the simplest thing to have done in the first place was to add that sign UNDER the STOP sign. Adding the ONE-WAY sign out in the median was a great idea as well. Thank you to everyone who had a part in correcting this dangerous situation.

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Rollins Road Now Open to Traffic UNDER the Railroad Bridge

by Gene Carey : September 25, 2014 11:48 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

 After barely over a year, traffic will no longer have to wait on trains!

Working through a miserable winter and dealing with unexpected problems like poor soil, buried gas mains, and rainy weather, the contractors involved in the Rollins Road Gateway construction project opened it up to traffic for the first time on September 25th around 11:30 AM. There is still a lot of work to be completed including Route 83 merge lanes. Until they are completed there is no access from Rollins Road to Route 83 and vice versa. Detours will be in effect for the next six to eight weeks.

The following video is about three hours condensed down to fifteen minutes to show you the final hour before traffic was allowed to pass UNDER the new railroad bridge as well as the temporary Rote 83 bridge.

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Rollins Road Switch-Over on Thursday, September 25

by Gene Carey : September 24, 2014 9:26 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Traffic expected to begin switching after 10:00 AM

The contractors needed just one additional day to get the concrete shoulder curbing, center curbing, lane markings, and a few more minor details completed before switching traffic from the temporary Rollins Road bypass onto the new roadway.

Until the Route 83 merge lanes are completed, there will be NO turns onto either Rollins or Route 83 from either roadway. This will last for the next six to eight weeks as they remove the bypass so that Route 83 can be completed where it needs to merge to the south.

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A Reminder About the Rollins Road Detours on Sept. 24th

by Gene Carey : September 22, 2014 5:17 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Plenty of activity today

Plenty of activity today

IMPORTANT UPDATE: An announcement from the project engineer now says the following:
“This afternoon, we were informed by our contractor that they would be unable to make the traffic switch onto the new Rollins pavement scheduled for tomorrow. Instead, it will be postponed until Thursday, September 25.

Traffic will begin shifting in the morning, starting with WB traffic on Rollins. Throughout the day, the contractor will work on placing striping and shifting traffic signals. By mid-afternoon, we hope to have EB traffic shifted onto the new pavement as well.

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Just a quick reminder that starting September 24th there will be NO access to Route 83 from either direction on Rollins Road. The same goes for Route 83 with NO access to Rollins Road. This is due to the need to remove the Rollins bypass which is currently blocking the area where Route 83 will merge with Rollins Road when the project is complete. For the next six to eight week the temporary Route 83 bridge will remain in use. Rollins Road will pass under both the railroad bridge as well as the Rt. 83 bridge. I had posted detour routes previously with Washington Street being the designated route.

There were a lot of areas on the east side of the project that were missing concrete as of Sunday but I was told today that those areas will be filled with asphalt since they will be removed later when adjoining areas are prepared, such as where the bypass will get torn up at places where it touches the new roadway.  Areas that still have no curbing will be lined with large orange barrels until they complete the curbing installation and temporary landscaping.

Westbound shoulder lane in front of Jewel

Westbound shoulder lane in front of Jewel

A lot of curbing still remains to be done

A lot of curbing still remains to be done

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The One Year Anniversary of the Rollins Road Gateway Project

by Gene Carey : September 15, 2014 1:57 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Time lapse videos showing what has occurred from September 2013 until September 2014

Rollins Road Camera

Rollins Road Camera

As we all grit our teeth over the upcoming six to eight week intersection closure beginning September 24th at Rollins Road and Route 83, let’s take a look back and see how it has all come together using the two cameras that the County had installed a year ago. As I reported previously, one is installed near the Mallard Creek sign on Rollins Road and faces east. It shows the work being performed on the west side of the railroad tracks including the Rollins Road bypass being constructed in front of Gateway Park which is across the street from McDonald’s and the Mallard Creek Shopping Center.

The other camera is high on a single pole in front of PepBoys on Route 83 next to Hobby Lobby. It faces south and records the activity taking place on the east side of the railroad tracks. As you will see in the following two time-lapse videos, there was a very abnormal winter that the construction crews had to contend with. Yet, with the bypass, commuters still had the same number of lanes available, the same number of traffic lights to contend with, and the same railroad track and numerous trains. We have to be thankful for the great planning and effort that everyone involved put forth to create the least amount of inconvenience as possible.

The upcoming detours cannot be avoided, though, due to the need to remove the bypass in order to complete the south leg of the Route 83 roadway. This was all detailed in the September 11th posting HERE

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