Q: Why is LCDOT widening Washington Street?
A: In 2009, LCDOT counted over 16,000 vehicles per day traveling through this stretch of Washington Street. Residents, weekday commuters and weekend travelers know that two lanes are not enough to handle that volume, let alone the additional 2,000 vehicles projected in the next 15 years. This project will increase the capacity of the roadway to help move people to and from their destinations faster and safer.
Q: What about driveways?
A: Because the new roadway is going to change in terms of width and elevation, driveways have to raise/lower to match this; therefore, driveway aprons will be replaced and access will be maintained. We will work closely with each resident in order to make sure everyone understands the proposed work and the contractor will work to restore driveways quickly and efficiently.
Q: Will anything change with mail delivery or my mailbox?
A: All of your mail/packages will be delivered. If your mailbox is attached to your house/business, nothing will change; curbside mailboxes will be relocating during the project. Grayslake (60030) will likely request cluster boxes, groups of mailboxes with parcel lockboxes that can be placed at central locations and serve multiple homes and businesses. Round Lake (60073) is considering several temporary boxes or a cluster box near the Thorton’s gas station for customers at the east end of the project. You will receive notices from both the Post Office and our team before any changes in mail delivery. We will also make sure you can get your existing mailbox back for reinstallation when work is complete and normal curbside delivery resumes.
Q: Will my garbage get picked up?
A: Yes; garbage pickup will not be interrupted.
Q: Will you be removing trees?
Every effort will be made to avoid cutting down trees; however, it will be necessary to remove trees and other elements within the right-of-way. In some areas of widening, the new road/curb/sidewalk has to go where the trees were. In other areas, the underground work required can severely damage the root systems of trees; experience tells us that it is better to remove those trees in advance rather than wait for them to die and become a hazard.
Q: What do I do if I have a sprinkler system or invisible fence?
A: Sprinkler systems and/or invisible fences installed within the right-of-way are owned and maintained by the property owner. Any damage that may occur is the owner's responsibility to repair. If you have any questions regarding irrigation systems or invisible fences within the right-of-way, please contact us.
Q: Will access to any businesses close during construction?
A: All entrance/exit access points to businesses and homes will be maintained throughout the work.
Q: Will any of my utilities be shut off during the construction?
A: The possibility of minor interruptions of service does exist, but any interruptions would be minimal.
Q: Will school bus routes change?
A: Two-way traffic and entrance/exit access will be maintained throughout the project so no school bus routes need to change at this time. Inactive excavations that are required to be left open will be properly protected from school children - please remind them to stay out of all work zones. If you have any questions about your child's bus stop, please contact your child's school.
Q: Where can I get information about the Washington Street project between Haryan Way and east of Lake Street?
A: Please click here to visit the Haryan Way-east of Lake Street Washington project site.
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