Today there was plenty of activity in almost all phases at the Rollins Road Gateway construction site. Heavy equipment continued to prepare the roadbed for the Rollins Road bypass while Nicor continued working on the completion of the new 20″ gas main that is being installed under Hainesville Road. In the video below you will see the size of the new feeder line along with couplings that are being secured. All of this will eventually be buried underground so it’s important to get it right the first time. The mylar or heavy plastic mesh that was secured to the ground in the area where the poor soil is was being covered up with a sandy material. I read where this type of mesh is often used on embankments to stop erosion. Heavy equipment was also seen preparing a wider embankment just east of LubePro’s oil exchange as they prepare it for a new temporary rail line that will divert train traffic slightly to the west while the new bridge structure is being installed.
On the east side of Route 83 they have removed about 50% of the vacant PNC Bank and heavy equipment was seen sorting the material out before having it hauled away. I’m not sure if the building had a time capsule but it has changed hands so many times nobody probably cares at this point. As I reported previously the Silk Mandarin restaurant has closed as well as the business that was next door. I peeked in one of the vacant units windows and saw a whole bunch of engineers or ?? going over large graphs and blueprints so maybe the County has moved their field office from Grayslake closer to the site. I had another nice visit with former Mayor Carl Schrimpf as he was doing his daily walk around Gateway Park and he told me that several houses along Hainesville were getting new gas lines installed before they pour new asphalt that will take a portion of the current ditch line when Hainesville Rd. is reconfigured. The video below is just under ten minutes and has quite a bit of fresh stuff in it. Enjoy!