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