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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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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Rollins Road & Rt. 83 Detours Scheduled for September 24th

by Gene Carey : September 11, 2014 2:34 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Rollins Road Reconstruction Lane Reconfiguration Begins September 24th

Detour - NO Turns

Detour – NO Turns

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.

Photo and notations courtesy of Mark Molnar, Resident Project Engineer

Photo and notations courtesy of Mark Molnar, Resident Project Engineer

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.

Detour routes

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Rollins Road Gateway and Washington Street Project Updates

by Gene Carey : July 25, 2014 4:16 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Washington St. opens to through traffic – Rollins opens under the bridge

Final Striping

Final Striping

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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Washington Street Gets Asphalt Thursday July 17th

by Gene Carey : July 16, 2014 10:00 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Avoid this area since there will be a LOT of trucks coming and going

Washington Street

Washington Street

Starting Thursday morning around 7:00 AM contractors will begin putting down the new asphalt on the Washington Street widening project. They will be using one of their monster machines that will be capable of reaching from the curb’s edge to the center of the 3-lane road, thus creating only one seam in the middle. One truck filled with hot asphalt will only produce about 30 feet of roadway so you can imagine just how many truckloads it will take to do the entire length of the project. Even so, they are hoping to open the stretch up to traffic next week. Please avoid this area and don’t try to navigate through it during this final phase since any unnecessary traffic just slows things down for the workers and truckers trying to navigate with their mirrors. Below is one last video trip down the road before it all gets covered over with new asphalt. Below that is a short video showing the continued excavation of dirt by the new Rollins Road railroad bridge. Most of the temporary steel pilings that will now need to be removed or cut off below ground level have been exposed. These were necessary to hold back the pressure of the temporary rail line while they excavated and installed the concrete supports for the new rail bridge right next to it. They have served their purpose and now must be removed.


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Rollins Road to Rt. 83 Access CLOSED for 6 Weeks

by Gene Carey : July 10, 2014 1:09 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates

Rollins traffic will navigate UNDER BOTH bridges for six weeks

Rollins Road Gateway

Rollins Road Gateway

Around Labor Day, September 1st, you can expect to see a lot of detour signs as drivers will be UNABLE to exit or enter Rollins Road from Route 83 and vice-versa. At that time the project will be entering Stage 3 which will allow traffic to travel UNDER both the temporary Rt. 83 bridge as well as the brand new railroad bridge. The temporary Rollins Road by-pass will be closed to traffic. Drivers wishing to get from Rollins to Route 83 or from Route 83 to Rollins will have to follow the posted detour routes. This situation is expected to take about six weeks until more work is completed for the new intersection being created just east of the railroad bridge. The following graphic shows where they are currently at which is Stage 2C.

The second graphic, Stage 3,  shows the temporary bridge still being utilized (green is active traffic and orange is under construction). After approximately six weeks of closed access, traffic will navigate as shown in Stage 4. Notice that the approximate dates for each Stage’s activity has been pushed further out due to abnormal weather conditions.

Stage 2C

Stage 3

Stage 4

(Graphics courtesy of RollinsRoadGateway.com)

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Updates on Hart, Sunset, Washington, and Rollins Construction

by Gene Carey : July 5, 2014 8:12 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Local road construction updates

Local Area Road Construction Updates

Local Area Road Construction Updates

There is a lot going on at all three local construction sites. Starting with Hart Road and Sunset Drive, the contractor opened up Hart Rd. from Cedar Lake Road to Sunset on Tuesday but closed Hart Road from Sunset to Route 134 the same day. People living in the construction zone still have access to their driveways.

It looks as though they have about 70% of the new curbing in on Washington Street and the latest word from the Lake County Department of Transportation is that they plan to open up Washington Street from Cedar Lake Road to Hainesville Road the week of July 21st. There will still be some ongoing work being performed and if needed they will be using flaggers to reduce traffic to just one lane during the work shifts.

Sheet pilings are still being driven deep into the ground over at the Rollins Road Gateway project as they make preparations to pour the concrete retaining walls on the west side of the new railroad bridge. Once that is done they will be able to bust through the remaining earth to meet up with the area on the east side of the bridge. Then the underground drainage, etc. can be completed before the final concrete roadway is poured.

The following three videos will give you a quick look at what it all looked like on Saturday.

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Aerial Views of Local Construction Projects

by Gene Carey : June 30, 2014 1:48 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Rollins Road Gateway, Hart-Sunset, Washington Street, and Millennium Trail views

Tom Bock

Tom Bock

As many of you already know, I have been reporting on several of the ongoing construction projects in the Round Lake Area to help keep local residents and commuters informed on the progress. Every so often I receive some excellent photos from Tom Bock who works for the company doing much of the traffic signal work, HomeTowne Electric. Most of the photos Tom sends me are taken from his airplane which he keeps at Campbell Airport. A couple of weeks ago I had someone ask me “So, when are you going up in the plane?” You can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Tom early last week inviting me to do just that!

A quick review of my past flying experience might enlighten you on a little anxiety I had after accepting the invitation. The first time I had ever been on a plane was back in the 70’s when my wife and kids went to Disney World and when the plane was landing it had lousy cabin pressure and my ears felt like they could burst. Once we were in the terminal I couldn’t even hear to complete the car rental and my head was aching terribly. The second and last time was when I worked as an electronic technician for Ball Bros. in Mundelein and they flew me to Powers, N.Y. to learn more about some new equipment they were purchasing. After landing, I had to get on a smaller aircraft that shook and shuddered as the pilot blew the carbon out of the cylinders just before takeoff. Thus, my experience in flying was less than thrilling. I even stopped at Walgreen’s and bought a bottle of Dramamine motion sickness tablets so I wouldn’t get airsick and make a mess in Tom’s plane (remembering how sick I got on a Lake Michigan charter boat ride once we lost sight of land).  So, off I headed Saturday morning to meet Tom around 8:00 AM, with a pill in my pocket. Since the instructions said not to consume alcohol and that they might cause severe drowsiness and to not operate a vehicle, I decided to skip the pill. In the afternoon I had plans to stop by the RLB Cultural & Civic Center to shoot some video of the 1st Lake County Count-I-Con convention and I didn’t want to be too tired to do that plus I thought maybe Tom and I might stop somewhere for a sandwich and adult beverage.

Round Lake High School

Round Lake High School

As you can see from the following two videos, we got off the ground, had a wonderful ride over the area, set our sights on breakfast in Janeville, and returned safely to Campbell Airport. Small planes are at the mercy of every little wind gust and you sit pretty tight in them so there is quite a bit of jumpy footage. I also made the mistake of trying to zoom in too often which did nothing except cause more blurring. I took the time to add quite a number of location markers so that you can get an idea of just where we were while flying over your rooftops. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed taking it from the airplane. Thanks again, Tom, for the wonderful invitation.

The first video is just the takeoff from Campbell Airport and the second one is the fly-over and trip to Janesville, WI. which only took about 25 minutes by air flying at 110 Knots (125 MPH).

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Rollins Road Rail Crossing Gets Finishing Touches

by Gene Carey : June 16, 2014 1:53 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Rollins Road should be open for Monday’s afternoon rush hour

Railroad crews were busy installing the rubber pads early Monday morning

Railroad crews were busy installing the rubber pads early Monday morning

Crews were on-site bright and early Monday morning installing and bolting down the large rubber chunks that run alongside the new rails. Around noon the asphalt trucks were scheduled to arrive to fill in the remaining gaps so that traffic could be opened up around 4:30 for the evening rush hour.

People have expressed concern about future viaduct flooding once the new intersection is completed at a lower grade. The viaduct will have natural, gravity fed, drainage into a new detention pond that will have inlets located LOWER than the very bottom of the viaduct.

Newer Retention Pond on west side of Hainesville Rd.

Newer Retention Pond on west side of Hainesville Rd.

This new detention pond will overflow into another recently created detention pond and eventually reach Gateway Park’s twin ponds after traveling through a series of gravel filters. It will then drain towards Round Lake via storm sewers that were installed several years ago under Williams Street.

Another thing worth mentioning is that next weekend, June 21-22, they will be switching the train service onto the new tracks.  They do not anticipate any lane closures when this is being done.  The crossing gate on the west side of the tracks will NOT be relocated closer to the tracks. I asked one of the Benesch crew if this wouldn’t allow for a car to be caught between the rails and the gate due to the big space. He told me that the lights turn red to stop eastbound traffic at the gates while the lights at Rt. 83 remain green to allow all traffic to exit the area safely. The gates will not be moved or removed until the bypass gets torn out.

Below is an artist’s drawing of Stage 3 where it shows an additional detention pond being added on the SE corner of Rollins Road and Hainesville Rd. One interesting thing to point out in the drawing is that it doesn’t appear as though traffic on Rollins or Route 83 will be able to switch to the other road during this phase since Rollins will be passing under the temporary Rt. 83 bridge and there are no entrance/exit ramps shown.

Additional detention pond that will be built

Additional detention pond that will be built

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3 For 1 Special! Rollins, Hart, & Sunset Updates

by Gene Carey : June 14, 2014 10:53 PM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Busting up the new asphalt on Sunset Drive to add manhole risers

Busting up the new asphalt on Sunset Drive to add manhole risers

Today’s special is an update on three local construction projects: Rollins Road, Hart Road, and Sunset Drive.

Below are two short videos showing the new tracks that were installed across Rollins Road today and also the new curbing that has been installed on Hart Road, plus a quick look at what is happening on Sunset Drive. That huge machine on the railroad track can raise, lower, tilt, and align the new rails depending on what the sensors tells it. It also has a vibrator that causes the gravel base to fill any voids under the rails and then squeezes the gravel base with 18,000 pounds of force to keep it all in place.

ENJOY!

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Rollins Road Gets Closed For the Weekend at the R.R. Tracks

by Gene Carey : June 14, 2014 4:17 AM : Rollins Road Gateway Updates, Round Lake Area News

Closure is expected to last until Monday morning

Ripping up the asphalt to make way for the new tracks

Ripping up the asphalt to make way for the new tracks

It seems like just about everybody who was up by the railroad tracks at Rollins Road and Route 83 was expecting the barricades to go up at 7:00 PM. However, when I arrived about 6:45 one of the trucks loaded with barricades was parked in the old WalMart lot and I saw another one come racing down Hainesville Road about 7:30 heading into the same lot. They both left and started setting up the detour signs that need to be placed much farther from the construction site to let drivers know ahead of time where to turn. In the meantime a few of the workers at the crossing became flaggers to allow for the concrete cutting contractor to start making the asphalt cut so that it would be a clean edge when removed. It wasn’t until around 8:30 that they finally blocked off the rail crossing completely and within minutes the big crane was going into action removing a section of guardrail that would be in the way of the new track. Since they would be working into the night laying down a gravel bed for the new tracks, they brought in a big light unit. By then, Tony Sherman, from Quality Concrete Cutting had finished both the shallow cuts and then the deep cuts in the asphalt and the crane moved into position to start ripping it all up. The right turn lane on westbound Rollins at Rt. 83 was blocked off so that there would no longer be a center lane. Cars in the left lane will be forced to go south on Rt. 83 towards Shorewood or Washington Street and cars in the right lane will be forced to go north towards Hook Drive or Monaville. The lights at the intersection were all flashing red when I left but they may have that changed Saturday to allow free flow traffic on Rt. 83. Traffic was backed up all the way to Hook Drive as cars lined up to turn left (west) in the short turning lane.

In the video below you will also see all the new curbing that has been added to the concrete slabs in front of the Mallard Creek Shopping Center. You will also see the standing water on the east side of the new railroad bridge that was way up on some of the vehicle’s tires earlier before they were able to move them to higher ground. Even though they now have a few pumps running off of a big generator, this will still set them back in that area for several days and more rain is expected. Another future holdup is the Edison lines. South of Rollins along the west side of Rt. 83 is a gigantic tower that needs to be moved since it is directly in the way of the future Rt. 83 as it will rise from the lowered intersection. To the north, there are also a number of electric poles that are in the way and also need to be moved.

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