Closure is expected to last until Monday morning
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.