After barely over a year, traffic will no longer have to wait on trains! Working through a miserable winter and dealing with unexpected problems like poor soil, buried gas mains, and rainy weather, the contractors involved in the Rollins Road Gateway construction project opened it up to traffic for the first time on September 25th around 11:30 AM. There is still a lot of work to be completed including Route 83 merge lanes. Until they are completed there is no access from Rollins Road to Route 83 and vice versa. Detours will be in effect for the next six to eight weeks. The following video is about three hours condensed down to fifteen minutes to show you the final hour before traffic was allowed to pass UNDER the new railroad bridge as well as the temporary Rote 83 bridge. You ca
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 t...
Detour scheduled for June 13th thru June 16th Concrete paving work is continuing on the west leg of Rollins Rd. By the end of Tuesday, nearly all the new concrete lanes will be in place west of Hainesville. The curbs and driveway will be completed in the upcoming weeks. The plan is to shift traffic on Hainesville onto this new pavement at the intersection with Rollins, hopefully as early as next week. This will allow the contractor to begin building the east half of the intersection and continue with the new pavement to the east. The contractor has also begun work on a new retaining wall on the w. side of IL 83, s. of Hook. They may begin placing concrete for that as early as this week. Also, excavation for the new Rollins/IL 83 is continuing e. of the new bridge. The
After taking a few days off from a hectic schedule to complete the opening of the Rollins Road Bypass by Thanksgiving Day, the crews were back at work in full force today. With temperatures in the mid-40's for the balance of the week they are hoping to keep up the same pace and complete the project on schedule a year from now. I received the following email from Al Giertych which I'm sure he won't mind me sharing with everyone: Hi Gene, Thanks for the positive feedback, it’s nice to know that the public appreciates the progress that is being made on this very complex and challenging project. I know that our entire project team worked very hard to get this most recent stage of work completed and open to traffic given our aggressive work schedule and the challenging weather co
WOO-HOO! Late Wednesday afternoon the Rollins Road Bypass was officially opened up to thru traffic. The bypass runs along Gateway Park on the West side of the railroad tracks past Hainesville Road. Then it passes over the railroad tracks at a brand new location just South of the previous rail crossing. It then meets up with Route 83 on the East side of the tracks and continues on to the two new shopping mall entrances in front of Jewel-Osco and Mrs. V's Restaurant before heading on to Route 45 in Gurnee. // Post by Rollins Road Gateway Updates.
They may have missed the target date of opening up the new bridge over Rollins Road by one day but with better weather today lane striping and more guard rails were installed and the bridge was officially opened to traffic. There was a banner hanging from the new bridge that I first thought was a prankster's piece of work but after zooming in on it I saw that it was the name of the bridge manufacturer. If you want to see a Youtube video of how they are made, here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LFE6RnlTtA // Post by Rollins Road Gateway Updates.