Rollins closure will be scheduled after the school year ends in mid-June
Progress has slowed the past week because of the wet weather. The earthwork has been halted because it is too muddy, and the paving of the west leg of Rollins has been pushed to next week. In spite of this, they are still progressing overall. The contractor has placed the last of the concrete retaining walls for this stage at the new bridge. They will begin work on a new wall south of Hook Dr. on the west side of Route 83 in the upcoming weeks. The bridge will also be completed next week. Once the last of the steel has been connected, it will be waterproofed and turned over to the railroad for them to install the new track. Due to Canadian National (CN) Railroad requirements. an upcoming weekend closure of Rollins Road will be necessary for the Rollins Road and IL Route 83 Grade Separation project. The closure will be scheduled after the school year ends in mid-June to minimize the impact to bus traffic. It will last no more than three days. It is required by CN to allow the installation of the rail crossing on the temporary Rollins Road for the new track alignment, which will carry trains onto the new bridge over Rollins Road. Once the crossing is complete, the contractor will remove the embankment supporting the old tracks and begin construction on Rollins Road beneath the new bridge. The rail crossing and track installation was not executed during the closure last fall, as it was not feasible for the railroad to construct them before the new bridge was complete. They should have dates confirmed in the next week or so. Moving the train onto the new tracks is key to the next phase of the project, completion for Rollins Road. When the train is on the new bridge, they’ll be able to remove the embankment supporting the current tracks and run the new pavement under the bridge. They expect Rollins traffic to be running on this new pavement in mid- to late-August. When that happens, the days of waiting for trains will be over on Rollins Road. Thanks to Mark Molnar, Resident Project Manager for this information. Below is a short video of what it looked like today.
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