I didn’t stop by the Rollins Road Gateway site until after 4:00 PM and most of the workers had left for the day. There is still 50% of the PNC Bank still standing, probably because they need to finish sorting out what they have already taken down and haul it away to make room for the rest of the building debris. There is still quite a bit to be sorted so the total clean-up may run into next week. Then they will be moving across the street to take down the old Payless Shoe/Verizon stores.
Nicor Gas appears to have completed the new gas line installation to several homes near Clarendon and Hainesville Road since all of the deep holes that were dug are now filled in. ComEd was busy into the late afternoon hours moving some of the light fixtures and lines over to a few new poles both on Clarendon and along Rollins Rd. at Mallard Creek Drive. Lake County Grading continues to bring more and more clay-type dirt to the area where the new bypass will run along Rollins Road. Everytime it looks as though they have it leveled and close to being ready for the crushed rock base, they wind up tearing it all up and adding more dirt. All of the polymer webbing that was placed over the poor soil area has now been covered with either a course sand or gravel as they continue taking height readings and rolling it down with heavy machinery. I spoke to someone (not with Nicor) who had been down in the hole where the new 20″ gas main was installed and they said that Nicor was thru testing for leaks, were pressurizing the new line, and slowly switching the supply over from the old main to the new main while monitoring it closely.