7-26-2017: The contractor will install new concrete curb and patch some cracked panels in the new pavement over the next few weeks; there will be some daily lane closures and traffic shifts in the eastbound lanes to support that work.
We will also see traffic signal crews at the Washington/Hainesville intersection building new signal poles and pulling cables. Next week, we expect to see the asphalt crews complete an area of resurfacing at the west end of the project along with the remaining driveways.
7-17-2017: Crews will be staging traffic onto the new westbound lane today, Monday, July 17th; they will also move the eastbound lane towards the middle of the roadway away from the curb. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained until the adjacent Underpass/Grade Separation project opens all lanes to traffic.
Please use extra caution as new lanes open to traffic.
7-6-2017: We expect to see the pavement marking crews on site over the next week. They will be grinding thin grooves into the surface of the pavement for some of the new stripes and arrows. If you have driven on Peterson Road, you will recognize the type of pavement markings we will install on Washington.
Please use extra caution during this work. Sometimes the crew is just one or two people working far from the trucks. The closed lanes are still a work zone, so please take an extra moment to make sure the closed lanes are clear before pulling out of driveways and into the live lanes of traffic.
6-28-2017: We will not see much more work this week outside of cleanup and preparation for the Independence Day holiday weekend. The next big work effort will be pavement marking; we hope to see that work start next week; the contractor is waiting for delivery on some of the stripe materials. Our finished road will look very much like the new Peterson Road with stripes and arrows set inside grooves in the pavement surface.
6-22-2017: The landscaper will continue to water the new sod over the next few weeks. We are working to move mailboxes to their new permanent homes in the northern sidewalk. We hope to start installing the new pavement markings in the next few weeks; that is one of the last steps before opening the new lanes to traffic.
6-14-2017: Sod watering continues along Washington, but sod installation is on hold until the temperatures decrease a bit. The forecast looks much more reasonable next week, so we hope to complete more sod work. The contractor will finish the topsoil installation along Lakeside and continue cleanup work all along the roadway over the next week.
6-7-2017: The landscaping and sod installation work started this week and will continue through next week. You will also see the contractor watering the installed sod fairly frequently to give it the best chance of knitting into the topsoil and growing into a healthy lawn. Sod installation is a weather-sensitive operation; too much heat and too little rain are not good conditions. There may be days that look perfect for working outside, but would result in the loss of any sod placed on the ground. You will also see some cleanup work throughout the project.
5-24-2017: Please use extra caution on the side streets over the next few days; we expect the contractor to begin resurfacing operations today. This means removing the existing road surfaces at Ravine, Arbor, Hickory, Lilac, South Circle and Lakeside. This will leave a rough, grooved surface and small bumps at both ends of the work. We expect to see the asphalt paving crews in tomorrow or Friday to install the new pavement.
Asphalt pavement is ready for traffic as soon as the compactors leave the area. There will be some minor delays during the paving work, but once the equipment clears the area, you are free to drive over this new pavement.
5-17-2017: Now that the majority of the sidewalk work is finished, the landscapers will install topsoil and sod. They will water regularly for the first few weeks, so don’t be surprised if there is over-spray on your lawns and driveways.
The contractor plans to return to the site to finish the remaining asphalt work on the side streets and driveways next week. There will be short closures of the side streets while the crews install and compact the asphalt; once it is in place and cooled, we will reopen those streets to traffic.
5-11-2017: Concrete work will wrap up along the north side of the roadway in the next week. Once that work is done, there are a few areas of road that need to be removed and replaced. Expect topsoil and sod work to start as soon as weather allows the landscapers to do that work without making a huge mess.
5-3-2017: Ravine, Hickory and South Circle are now open to traffic. Lilac is closed for the final round of paving work; we expect a two week closure of Lilac. Residents can use Hickory or South Circle to access Washington.
As the contractor completes the sidewalk concrete, they will start installing topsoil and the new sod. That work will move from the west end to the east end. We will be watering the sod regularly for a few weeks to help it knit into the topsoil.
Once all of the median pavement is in place, we will move traffic to a new pattern so we can remove temporary pavement along the south edge of the road.
4-18-2017: Concrete work continues along the north side of Washington. Crews have been able to work through some of the rain days, but the weather slowed progress at the side streets. We still hope to get new pavement at Ravine, Hickory and South Circle installed this week. Please continue to use extra caution through the work zone. The construction vehicles and private cars parked inside the construction zone make side streets and driveways harder to see. Reduced speeds will help everyone pass through the project safely.
4-6-2017: The contractor is also closing Hickory Avenue and South Circle Drive at Washington Street for the next two weeks. The contractor will finish off the remaining concrete pavement and curb work and reopen those intersections on new pavement. Please follow the posted detours using Lilac Avenue and North Oak Avenue.
4-5-2017: North Ravine Drive is closed at Washington Street for the next two weeks. The contractor will finish the remaining concrete work and reopen Ravine on new pavement. Please follow the posted detour through Arbor Drive.
While spring rains are slowing things down a bit, the contractor’s crews are on site preparing for the new curb and the new roadway intersections. We expect to see concrete trucks back on the project late this week and early next week.
Continue to use caution as you drive through the project. This is Work Zone Safety Awareness Week; please do your part and slow down in work zones as an example for other motorists.
3-29-2017: Work has resumed. We expect preparation for curb and gutter work to continue through next week. Concrete trucks will return to the site in mid-April. Please pay attention as you turn onto side streets and pull into driveways; we will be moving those temporary stone ramps from side to side as we install the new curbs.
Please use extra caution as crews and equipment return to the job site. Watch for flaggers and obey their directions. Remember the work zone speed limit applies day and night; slower speeds keep you and workers safe.
3-9-2017: The contractor will return to the site on Monday, March 27th to prepare the site for concrete work. We will remove the temporary aggregate in the medians to get ready for the final pavement, so please use extra caution when you see the crews back on the site. We are patiently waiting for the asphalt plants to schedule their opening dates. Once we have that information, the contractor will schedule the remaining driveway work. Those dates will also help us schedule the storm sewer and ditch work on Lakeside Drive.
3-2-2017: Concrete crews return to the project the week of April 3rd; we will see cleanup and preparation work start a week or two earlier. The new decorative railing along the north and south retaining walls should be completed this week. The first thing the contractor will work on is the remaining concrete median and the intersections with the northern side streets; they will then prepare for the new curb along the north edge of the roadway. We will install the driveway curb and gutter areas in two sections to maintain access. We will not have a firm start date for the new asphalt work for a few more weeks.
2-17-2017: We expect to see work resume on the project in March; we are all watching the weather in hopes of an early start to this season so we can complete the remaining work and open the roadway to traffic. The contractor will spend about a week’s time getting the project ready for concrete pavement; once that is done, we will complete the remaining pavement and start work on the north side’s curb and sidewalk. We will maintain one lane in each direction until we complete the removal of the temporary asphalt pavement along the south edge of the roadway. We will not be able to open two lane traffic in both directions until the Grade Separation project completes their pavement under the new bridges. In regards to the new asphalt driveways along the north side of the road, the asphalt suppliers tend to go back to work after the last threat of snow and freezing temperatures are well past.
1-11-2017: You will see some cleanup work over the next few weeks throughout the project. Crews will be replacing and repairing the barricades and drums on Washington and the side streets. You will also see some minor work at the new sanitary lift station. We expect to resume work when the weather breaks.
Please continue to use caution through the work zone, especially during hazardous driving conditions. We are monitoring the site daily, but overnight snows or winds can knock down signs or move drums.
12-15-2016: The project is closed for the winter months; however, we do have a few minor tasks to address over the next few weeks, so you may see work if temperatures rise towards the 30s. The Lake County snow removal crews will clear the new pavement in front of driveways through the winter. This task will likely be the last thing they do after clearing all the main roadways in the County. Washington itself will likely be plowed and clear for traffic before individual driveways; the main reason is that the larger plows cannot navigate the smaller driveways; the crews will use smaller pickup trucks to do that work.
12-7-2016: We will not see any more concrete work this year on Washington; the cold temperatures moving in are going to freeze the ground and halt paving. Over the next few days, crews will be filling in the gaps in the pavement at side streets and driveways with compacted stone. Crews will clean up the site and move signs, barricades and mailboxes to the north edge of the future median. Traffic will continue to share the new eastbound lanes until work resumes in March 2017. Crews will check the driveways and side streets regularly throughout the winter and the contractor will be available to fill in potholes/rough edges. We are working with the snow removal crews now to make sure they can take care of the roadway during the winter.
12-1-2016: The contractor is still focused on completing the remaining concrete work and moving westbound traffic to the new lanes this year; there will be concrete work through next week to help make that happen. The asphalt plants are closed for the year, so the connections to the side streets and driveways will remain rough until next year. Please continue to use caution through the work area. If we do get icy roads or snow, use extra caution until we can close up the remaining gap between the pavements.
11-28-2016: Concrete paving resumes at 6am Tuesday, November 29th. The contractor hopes to complete work up to Hainesville Road. We will close South Circle Drive and Lilac Avenue; Hickory and Oak will stay open. The sawcut crews will be on site in the evening and overnight hours. They will be moving from joint to joint, so they will only be in front of each house for a short time. We are also swapping the closures at Arbor and Ravine west of Hainesville Road; Arbor will open to traffic and Ravine will close; each of these side street closures will last about a week and a half. All of this work is designed to complete the roadway and get the new lanes open before the weather prevents progress.
11-15-2016: The contractor is working on the first big concrete operation for the new northern half of Washington. You will see the new roadway pavement from Haryan Way to west of Lakeside Drive. There may be some overnight work this evening. Crews need to cut joints in the pavement to control cracking. That work cannot start until the fresh concrete can support the saws. That work also does move pretty quickly; so if they do disturb you, they will be moving quickly past your home.
11-10-2016: Concrete work continues next week with a two-lane pour from the east end at Haryan Way to just past Lakeside. The contractor will pause for a bit after that work and continue with the smaller pours west of Hainesville; main roadway work will resume after crews install the remaining storm sewer system. We will be working on Hainesville Road and Haryan Way Saturday the 12th and Monday the 14th. By the end of the work day on Monday, those areas will be resurfaced and ready for final pavement markings. We hope to open the Hainesville intersection with all turn lanes by Wednesday, November 16th.
11-8-2016: Arbor Drive will be closed at Washington Street for 7-10 days to support the concrete paving work on Washington. The contractor has two or three separate paving operations west of Hainesville Road. When all are finished through Arbor, we will reopen that street and close Ravine Drive. The first paving work will start Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30 am. The following operations will continue as the concrete is strong enough to support foot traffic and lighter equipment.
11-3-2016: We are one more concrete paving day away from opening up the intersection at Hainesville with left turn lanes. That work should happen early next week so we can open to traffic on Friday the 11th. The weather looks like it will cooperate with us to meet that schedule. Paving the new Washington lanes will start west of Hainesville early next week. Please use extra caution and be prepared to detour between Ravine and Arbor as the paving equipment and concrete trucks move through those intersections. We will have to close those roads off temporarily as the concrete gains enough strength to support traffic.
10-27-2016: The rainy weather on Wednesday did push the planned work back a few days, but we still expect to see concrete on site this week at Hainesville and at the east end of the project. We have one more small section of concrete work at Hainesville early next week; once that is done, we will be able to open that intersection back up with right and left turn bays for northbound and southbound traffic.
10-20-2016: Expect to see the concrete paving work resume in the next week or two. The contractor will start work at the west end of the project first, then move the two-lane paver to the north side of the work and pour the new roadway from east to west. During that work you can expect concrete trucks moving in and out of the work zone all day long. That paving work will also require driveway closures along the northern side of the roadway. We will work with residents and businesses to make those closures as short and painless as possible. We still plan to complete the new roadway and open the new lanes to traffic before the end of this construction season.
10-13-2016: We will be working at the Hainesville intersection again mid-morning on Monday, October 17th. Once the center concrete section of the north part of that intersection is installed, we will be able to move southbound traffic and complete the remainder of that intersection. Once storm sewer crews complete all of their work west of Hainesville Road, the earthwork crews will move in. We expect that the contractor will complete the new pavement west of Hainesville over the next few weeks; that will mean some minor driveway restrictions for residents and businesses along the north side of the roadway. We will coordinate driveway closures to make sure residents have a place to park cars before installing new concrete; we will maintain driveway access for businesses by installing half the pavement at a time so there is always an available entrance.
10-6-2016: Expect to see a change in the traffic pattern at Washington and Hainesville. We plan to move northbound traffic to the eastern side of the road on Friday, October 7th. This work is very weather-dependent; we cannot install the temporary tape pavement markings if the roadway is wet. This work helps the contractor at this intersection. The faster we can install the new pavement for the northern half of the intersection, the faster we can open the left turn lanes for the northbound and southbound traffic. Southbound traffic remains in the current lane along the west edge of the roadway; northbound traffic will move all the way to the east edge of the pavement. This will free the contractor to install the new pavement in the center of the north side of the intersection. Please use extra caution if you pass through the Washington/Hainesville intersection during this work. The first days after a traffic pattern change are always a little confusing; watch for signs and signals to guide you through the intersection.
9-29-2016: The contractor continues to install the underground pipes to carry stormwater, sanitary waste and drinking water along the north side of the roadway. That work will continue for at least three more weeks. To get the Hainesville intersection opened more quickly, the contractor is working on the new north pavement before starting to pave the new lanes of Washington. We currently expect to move northbound traffic to that new pavement sometime in the next week. You can also expect to see the pavement removal continue west of Hainesville in the next few days. That work will bring more trucks back to the site, so please continue to drive carefully through the work zone.
9-22-2016: Expect a few more days of pavement removal work west of Hainesville Road. We will see the storm sewer crew return and complete the remaining pipe crossings to drain the north side of the roadway. We should see the first concrete at the Hainesville intersection early next week. The contractor does plan to complete the northern side of the Washington/Hainesville intersection first so we can restore those left turn lanes and reduce congestion.
9-8-2016: Traffic moves to the new eastbound pavement on Friday, September 9th. We will be working all day to install the pavement markings and relocate the signage to open the new lanes. Please use caution all day long on your trips through the project. We hope to open the new lanes mid-afternoon. We will install temporary driveways and temporary roads, so please be very careful if you live on the project or use the side streets. We are working with the contractor to revise their work plans at Hainesville Road. We may begin work there right away to get those turn lanes back to commuters as soon as possible. Again, please use extra caution and expect to see flaggers and workers all day on Friday, September 9th, as we work to open the new lanes to traffic.
9-1-2016: The contractor plans to complete the last concrete work for the first stage of construction on Friday, September 2nd. We are planning to complete a few final tasks like landscaping and painting before moving all traffic to the new eastbound lanes on Monday, September 12th. There are a few weather-dependent tasks that we have to finish before moving traffic, so any rains could push the date When traffic moves to the new pavement, we will build temporary driveways for each of the roads, homes and businesses along the north side of the roadway. * Please remember that Washington will be closed at the railroad tracks the weekend of September 17th and 18th.
8-30-2016: Lake County is temporarily closing Washington Street at the railroad crossing west of Lake Street as part of the UNDERPASS project to raise the railroad track at the grade crossing and rebuild the temporary grade crossing and roadway approaches. The closure was previously scheduled for September 9th-12th; the closure will instead begin at 9pm Friday, September 16th and reopen to thru traffic at 5am on Monday, September 19th. Please follow the posted detour and click here for more information.
8-24-2016: Lake County is temporarily closing Washington Street at the railroad crossing west of Lake Street as part of the UNDERPASS project to raise the railroad track at the grade crossing and rebuild the temporary grade crossing and roadway approaches. The closure will begin at 9pm Friday, September 9th and reopen to thru traffic at 5am on Monday, September 12th. Please follow the posted detour and click here for more information.
8-18-2016: We have just a little more concrete to install at the Hainesville and Haryan intersections before the new roadway will be ready for traffic. We are hoping to move all lanes to the new eastbound pavement in late August/early September. The contractor plans to complete landscaping along the south side of the road and take care of some other tasks before moving traffic. Residents along the north side of the roadway will see temporary driveways once traffic moves to the new concrete. Please continue to watch for trucks and flaggers. There will be some slower days in the next few weeks as we wait for concrete to harden, but behind the scenes, we are all focused on preparing for the next stage of construction.
8-11-2016: Expect new traffic patterns at both the Hainesville and Haryan Way intersections tomorrow, August 12th, if the weather allows. We will push traffic to the far west lanes on both northbound and southbound Hainesville Road. At Haryan Way, we will reopen the southbound entrance and close the median area. Both of these changes provide more room for the contractor to build the new roadway pavement. As always, please use extra caution during the first few days after these changes. The new lane lines and traffic signal locations will help guide you through.
8-4-2016: The remainder of the concrete paving for this first stage of work is continues, concentrating on the Hainesville and Haryan Way intersections along with the far west end. Southbound Hainesville traffic has been moved to allow the next new panels to be poured into the intersection; please be aware of this new traffic pattern for southbound Hainesville. Curb and gutters are being poured along the new Washington pavement and you can see the south half of the new road coming together! Next week, the contractor will construct half of the future median before we move traffic to the new pavement; that will impact traffic since they will be working right up against the current eastbound lane. Please use extra caution and watch for flaggers.
7-28-2016: The vast majority of the paving for this first stage of work is done; there will be some smaller hand-work concrete at the Hainesville and Haryan Way intersections over the next few weeks. At Hainesville Road, that will mean moving southbound traffic to the new pavement along the west edge of the roadway; look for that to happen sometime the first week of August. The contractor will install half of the future median before we move traffic to the new pavement; that will impact traffic since they will be working right up against the current eastbound lane. Please use extra caution and watch for flaggers.
7-21-2016: The contractor plans to place more new pavement on Monday, July 25th. We expect the work to begin at 5:30 am, so please add a few minutes to your morning commute. Expect to see some minor delays as trucks move in and out of the work zone. This work will start just west of Lakeside Drive and complete at Haryan. We will start to see some smaller concrete work at Hainesville Road and west of Hainesville starting as early as Friday, July 22nd. These will all be early morning operations to avoid the high temperatures in the forecast. Please use extra caution during these operations. Besides trucks moving in/out of traffic, the finishing crews often need to hold up cars for a few moments to use their long reach tools to finish the surface of the fresh concrete.
7-14-2016: The first big paving day is over and the new roadway is in place from west of Hainesville to just east of South Circle Drive. Remember that saw crews still have to do their work; they expect to be off the roadway before midnight. They are moving from Hainesville eastward; you will only hear them for about 15 minutes until they pass by.
We expect the next big concrete work on Tuesday, July 19th. We expect another early start that day and minor delays for mix trucks as early as 5:30 am.
7-13-2016: The contractor plans to place more new pavement on Thursday, July 14th. We expect the work to begin at 6 am, so please add a few minutes to your morning commute since there will be minor delays as trucks move in and out of the work zone. This will be a longer operation, so expect to hear the concrete saws on site after dark. Once the new pavement at Hainesville Road is ready for traffic, we will move all lanes to the new roadway. We expect three concrete operations before we can reopen the intersection to normal traffic flows. Please use extra caution during these concrete operations. Besides the trucks moving in and out of traffic, the finishing crews often need to hold up cars for a few moments to use their long reach tools to finish the surface of the fresh concrete.
7-11-2016: The contractor is staging Haryan Way traffic onto temporary detour pavement for the next few weeks. While the contractor builds the new inbound/southbound lanes of Haryan off Washington, we will have traffic sharing the existing outbound/northbound lanes. Once the contractor completes the new concrete pavement on Washington and the new wider pavement on Haryan, we will reopen the inbound/southbound side of the roadway.
Please use extra caution here as motorists and delivery vehicles get familiar with the new traffic pattern.
7-6-2016: The contractor plans to start concrete pavement work this week. Crews will start just east of Ravine Drive and proceed towards Hainesville Road. This work will begin at 5:30 am because higher temperatures can affect the concrete pavement; an early start allows the crews to complete work before the midday heat causes problems. Concrete pavement also requires joints to control cracking; the joints are cut into the pavement with large saws. The saw crews can start work once the concrete surface is stable enough to support the machines. We expect the saw cutting to take place between about 6 pm and 3 am; those saws will only be in one location for about 15 minutes at a time as they move along down the project. This work is weather dependent; either higher temperatures or the threat of rain can shut down paving operations. Thank you for your patience and feel free to contact us with any concerns.
6-30-2016: The contractor plans to start work on the concrete pavement next week. Expect to see concrete trucks moving in and out of the work zone with flaggers guiding traffic and providing warnings. Paving days are always hectic, so please use extra caution and plan extra time for your commute. To help reduce the overall time spent pouring concrete in the Washington/Hainesville intersection, the contractor reduced lanes on Hainesville Road; turn lanes are temporarily removed to allow the new road to be poured in a shorter time. Expect delays resulting from the elimination of the turn lanes and please keep in mind that this will reduce the overall time of the intersection work; traffic signals have been modified to provide two separate 'green' signals for northbound and southbound drivers. The Avon Township Youth Baseball parade will pass through the west end of the project on Monday, July 4th - please drive extra safely during this time.
6-23-2016: Heading towards the east end of the project, the contractor continues to install the storm sewer pipes and structures. While doing that, they are also excavating and grading for the new roadbed and placing the stone base.
At the west end of the project, you now see the concrete paving equipment on site and being prepared to pour the new road! New concrete will be placed very soon! To help reduce the overall time spent pouring concrete in the Washington/Hainesville intersection, we will reduce Hainesville traffic to a single lane in each direction the week of the 27th; turn lanes will be temporarily removed to allow the new road to be poured in a shorter time. Expect delays resulting from the elimination of the turn lanes and please keep in mind that this will reduce the overall time of the intersection work. The Avon Township Youth Baseball parade will pass through the west end of the project on Monday, July 4th - please drive extra safely during this time.
6-16-2016: The contractor hopes to complete installation of the remaining storm sewer pipes and structures in the next week; once that work is in place, they can complete the earthwork and stone installation for the new roadbed. Within the next few weeks, you will see paving machines arrive on site; the paving contractor has some preparation work to do before building the new concrete roadway, but we are expecting to see paving start in early July. The Avon Township Youth Baseball parade will pass through the west end of the project on Monday, July 4th; we are working with the parade team to make sure everyone can enjoy the parade safely in the work zone.
6-9-2016: Storm sewer work west of Hainesville is almost finished; the next operation on that section of the project involves cutting the roadbed down and installing new stone to support the new, wider roadway. The contractor’s storm sewer crews will move west to complete the remainder of the main storm sewer “trunk” line. By the end of the project, there will be over 7,000 feet of storm sewer pipe in the ground; some of that pipe is 54 inches in diameter on the inside. They have already installed about half a mile of water main and sanitary pipe; all of that work is buried and very hard to see, but it is one of the most difficult parts of any project because of soil conditions and conflicts with other buried utilities. ***The temporary closure of Washington Street at the railroad crossing that was scheduled for June 17th-20th has been postponed.
6-7-2016: Washington Street is completely closed to traffic between Hainesville Road and Arbor Drive for an emergency Nicor repair; we expect the road to reopen by early this evening. Thank you for your patience.
6-2-2016: Expect to see storm sewer work continue along with work at the south retaining wall. The bulldozers and excavators you see along the road are working to define the new roadway base; the contractor will start installing more of the stone base you can see just west of Haryan Way in the coming weeks. You will also be seeing some work west of Hainesville as a crew installs a new resin-based liner in the existing sanitary sewer pipe. That liner helps improve the performance of the pipe by sealing and smoothing the walls; it also helps extend the life of the pipe so we do not have to cut into the new roadway to make repairs. ***Lake County is temporarily closing Washington Street at the railroad crossing west of Lake Street as part of the UNDERPASS project to raise the railroad track at the grade crossing and rebuild the temporary grade crossing and roadway approaches. The closure will begin at 9pm Friday, June 17th and reopen to thru traffic at 5am on Monday, June 20th. Please follow the posted detour and click here for more information.
5-26-2016: Storm sewer installation and the construction of the south retaining wall continue. The contractor will be off the pavement after 3pm on Friday, May 27th for the Memorial Day holiday weekend; work resumes on Tuesday, May 31st. Please remember to contact us with any questions or concerns; we are your number one resource for information on the project. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!
5-19-2016: A reminder to residents and commuters, we have established a work zone speed limit of 35 mph; please slow down as you drive through the project and watch for flaggers and trucks. Remember to Give ‘Em A Brake! You will see work continue on the south retaining wall; just a few more weeks of work and the contractor will complete that part of the project. Pavement removal work continues and the contractor will follow that with the rest of the storm sewer installation. We do expect to see some work to repair two damaged pipes on the sanitary sewer line west of Hainesville. Once that work is done, a subcontractor will line that pipe with a plastic resin coat, extending the life of the pipe by sealing small cracks and joints along the pipe run; that will involve some lane closures.
5-12-2016: We have moved traffic to the new pavement and instituted the 35 mph work zone speed limit. Over the next few weeks, the contractor plans to remove the southern half of the old pavement and install storm sewer along the center of the new roadway. The south retaining wall work continues through the end of May.
5-5-2016: Please use extra caution on Friday, May 6th as we plan to move traffic to the new temporary pavement; that involves new stripes on the roadway and signs on the shoulders. By the end of the work day on Friday, all traffic will be shifted north so the contractor can start work on the southern half of the new Washington pavement. Please use extra caution and expect to see flaggers and new signs to help guide you through the project from Haryan Way through Hainesville Road.
4-29-2016: The contractor will be cleaning the pavement and spreading a coat of "primer," what you have seen called "fresh oil," on Saturday, April 30th. Expect minor delays and travel very slowly across the freshly primed pavement. This material can spray off of your tires and stain your car's paint.
4-28-2016: The contractor plans to complete the asphalt paving work on Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd. Expect one lane traffic from 9am through 3pm both days. The goal is to finish the main roadway work on Monday, May 2nd, followed by side streets and some of the steeper driveways on Tuesday, May 3rd. Once this new temporary pavement is striped, we will move all traffic to the north and begin work on the new southern half of Washington.
4-22-2016: The contractor will complete some more of the temporary pavement installation on Saturday, April 23rd. They do plan to start work at 7am since they do not have to wait for weekday morning traffic to ease. Expect a single lane of traffic all day. Please watch for flaggers and trucks delivering asphalt to the paver.
4-21-2016: We are expecting to see the asphalt contractor start work on the temporary pavement along the north edge of Washington as soon as Friday, April 22nd. That work is weather dependent; any overnight runs could push the start of that work into next week. Asphalt paving involves trucks moving in and out of traffic, so please watch for flaggers during that work. Once the contractor completes temporary pavement, we will move traffic to the north and begin removing and reconstructing the south half of the roadway. We will also be moving to a 35 mph work zone speed limit from west of Hainesville to Haryan Way. Once those new speed limit signs go up, expect additional patrols and enforcement from the local police departments.
4-14-2016: During the next two weeks, the contractor will install temporary pavement along the north side of Washington; when that work is finished, they will start installing the new asphalt pavement - as part of that work, they will resurface the current westbound lane of Washington. During the week of April 25th, all traffic will shift to the north and the contractor will begin removing the old pavement to build the new eastbound lanes of Washington.
Over the next two weeks, there will be delays along Washington. We will have daily one-lane closures with flaggers directing traffic; we will have short closures as trucks enter and exit the work areas. We will also have a rough pavement for a few days as the current westbound lane is resurfaced to support traffic during construction.
Please watch for the flaggers and check the changeable message signs for daily updates. All of this work is weather-dependent, so there may be some delays if we get any significant rains.
4-7-2016: Expect daily lane closures to continue through Friday, April 15th. The contractor has several storm sewer pipes to install under the existing Washington pavement; we need these pipes in place to carry stormwater across the roadway during construction. The contractor will have flaggers in place to help direct traffic and lane closures are limited to between 9am and 3pm. Please give yourself some extra time if you travel between Lake Street and Hainesville Road. The contractor is also installing temporary culverts through driveways on the northern side of the roadway; we need these culverts to help carry stormwater away from residences. The contractor will knock on doors before digging through the driveways so residents will have time to move their cars.
3-31-2016: Expect daily lane closures starting Monday, April 4th. The contractor has several storm sewer pipes to install under the existing Washington pavement; we need these pipes in place to carry stormwater across the roadway during construction. The contractor will have flaggers in place to help direct traffic and lane closures are limited to between 9am and 3pm. Please give yourself some extra time if you travel between Lake Street and Hainesville Road. We are expecting these daily closures to continue through Friday, April 15th.
3-24-2016: We are expecting a week’s worth of single-lane traffic on Washington starting Monday, March 28th. The contractor will install three separate storm sewer crossings through the roadway for the new drainage system; that work requires the contractor to excavate through the roadway. The plan is to start the actual closures at 9am each day and work through 3pm; flaggers will direct traffic around the work areas. Please add some time to your commute through the Washington corridor between Hainesville and Haryan Way; watch for flaggers, workers and equipment. We will do our best to make sure traffic continues to flow smoothly through the work areas.
3-21-2016: You will start to see the south retaining wall built out of the ground as the contractor frames up the wall sections and pours the concrete wall. The majority of the watermain work is complete and the new services to residents are working; the contractor does have to do some work to abandon the old watermain that will remain in place under the new roadway. The contractor is installing the new sanitary sewer pipe on either side of Lakeside Drive. The machine they are using, called a directional bore, drills a hole through the ground and pulls the pipe back through that hole. That avoids digging a trench along the entire path of the new pipeline.
3-3-2016: The work on the south retaining wall continues. We are expecting another week of the drilling operations before you start to see the contractor start framing the new concrete wall panels. The contractor is currently moving from house to house connecting water services to the new watermain pipe. The contractor will knock on doors before the brief shutdowns required to do that work. We will also be flushing water through your outside spigots to make sure that service is back on line.
2-24-2016: The work on the south retaining wall has started and will continue for at least two months. You will see concrete trucks every day and over time you will see over 100 soldier piles ready to support the new wall structure.
The contractor continues to work on the new sanitary line. As soon as that work is finished off and the pedestrian path is open to traffic, we will let everyone know. The new watermain is going to be tested, chlorinated and approved for operation soon. New connections might start as early as next week. Expect short duration outages if your home is getting a new water service.
2-19-2016: The contractor will close the pedestrian path along the south side of Washington for about a week starting on Monday, February 22nd. Part of the project involves installing a new sanitary sewer lift station; that lift station includes a new sanitary sewer pipe to carry waste to the east. The contractor will drill that pipe under the wetlands so we do not disturb the plants or spread mud and silt into Highland Lake. The path will close from Hainesville Road to Haryan Way; there will be 'Sidewalk Closed' signs at the ends of the path and at East Big Horn Drive. The contractor will dig two large pits across the pedestrian path on either side of the wetlands for their drilling and installation gear. This work is weather sensitive, so colder temperatures and precipitation could delay the work. Please use extra caution along the path during this work. We will repair the pavement and reopen the path as soon as the pipe is in place.
2-18-2016: The contractor plans to start work on the south retaining wall on Wednesday, February 24th. That work will continue for the next two months. We are expecting regular daily lane closures to support that work, so please give yourself a few extra minutes to move past the work area between 9am and 3pm. This work will be weather dependent; any precipitation or low temperatures can put a stop to this work. The new watermain is in place; the contractor has a few connections to make and a few hydrants to install. Once that pipe is tested and chlorinated, the contractor will begin connecting existing customers to the new watermain. We will contact residents as that work starts since it does require brief interruption to the water service.
2-15-2016: The contractor is starting work on the south retaining wall and will continue for the next two months. We are expecting regular daily lane closures to support that work, so please give yourself a few extra minutes to move past the work area between 9am and 3pm. This work will be weather dependent; any precipitation or low temperatures can put a stop to this work. We are expecting the remaining watermain work to wrap up next week. Once that pipe is tested and chlorinated, the contractor will begin connecting existing customers to the new watermain. We will contact residents as that work starts since it does require brief interruption to the water service.
1-28-2016: The contractor will finish work at the new stormwater detention basin tomorrow or early next week. Once that work is done, you will see temporary seed and mulch installed to help stabilize the topsoil; we will see those seeds start growing early in the spring. You will see work on the southern retaining wall for the next two months. We are expecting regular daily lane closures to support that work, so please give yourself a few extra minutes to move past the work area between 9am and 3pm. This work will be weather dependent; snow or rain and low temperatures can put a stop to concrete work.
1-22-2016: Lake County is completing some tree and brush removal inside the stormwater detention area along the south side of Washington Street across from Highland Lake. That work is focused on removing invasive and damaged trees so that the site can revert to a more natural and native state. We are working with the county on changes to our work that will involve some new trees planted in that area. The contractor will continue with work on the south retaining wall and the new watermain next week as the weather allows, so please continue to use extra caution on Washington between Hainesville and Haryan Way. We are expecting to have single lane closures with flaggers directing traffic around the work all of next week between 9am and 3pm. If traffic allows, we may allow the contractor to start that work a bit earlier, so please plan to leave a few minutes early if you have to pass by the crews.
1-13-2016: The colder weather prevented work from starting earlier this week, but the contractor is planning to return to the site and begin the watermain installation work east of Hainesville Road as the temperatures improve. Please watch for those crews and use extra caution through their work zones. They do need to start work at the northeast corner of Washington and Hainesville, so expect some minor delays at the intersection the first few days of work.
We are also planning to install sheet piling, the “Z”-shaped steel beams, along the southern edge of the retaining wall work area starting Monday, January 18th. Expect some extra vehicles in that area as we monitor that work closely to ensure that the vibrations do not affect the larger watermain pipes along the south edge of Washington.
1-8-2016: The new temporary traffic signals are in place at the intersection Washington and Hainesville. The contractor will move those signal heads from side to side as we move traffic between existing, temporary and new pavements throughout 2016. These signals detect traffic using video cameras mounted at the tops of the wooden poles. If you have noticed that you are not getting turn arrows, please contact us. We are hoping to resume work on both the watermain installation east of Hainesville and the southern retaining wall near Highland Lake next week, but the lower temperatures might be a problem. If the contractor is able to work, please watch for flaggers and trucks and use extra caution around the crews. Colder weather can make the roads very slick for cars, equipment and our boots.
12-23-2015: The contractor is likely going to be on a break for the holidays; you may see some work to prepare the roadway and project for winter weather. The contractor installed the temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Washington and Hainesville. We will test and then activate those temporary signals on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th. From our team to your families, Merry Christmas and have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
12-17-2015: The contractor will start work on the southern retaining wall near Lake County’s stormwater treatment area this year. We are expecting to see that work start yet this week and continue throughout the winter months. Expect to see some excavation work along the southern edge of the roadway starting next week. The contractor installed the temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Washington and Hainesville. We will test and then activate those temporary signals on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th of 2016.
12-9-2015: We will confirm the watermain testing results on Wednesday, December 9th. If these results are good, the contractor will begin installing new services to homes later this week. AT&T will complete their relocation work during an overnight shift from Wednesday, December 9th into Thursday, December 10th. This work involves splicing the fiber optic lines that serve the homes south of Washington. They do not expect any outages at all as a result of this work, but there could be momentary disruptions in service; this is one of the reasons they complete this work during the low-demand overnight hours. The contractor installed the temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Washington and Hainesville. We will test and then activate those temporary signals on Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th of 2016.
12-3-2015: All the utility demolition will continue into next week with crews removing old cables and poles along the north and south sides of the roadway. The contractor will proceed with testing and chlorination of the new watermain west of Hainesville Road. Once that testing proves that the new pipes are ready to provide water, they will make the new connections to homes and businesses.
11-24-2015: On Wednesday, November 25th, the contractor will replace the pavement at Arbor, Ravine and the Thornton’s parking lot. These operations should not take very long, but we will need to close off the roadways and detour traffic on Arbor and Ravine; the Thornton’s driveway will remain partially open during this work so drivers will always have access. Next week, you should see both AT&T and ComEd removing the remaining poles east of Hainesville towards Haryan Way. The contractor will complete the watermain work for Round Lake Park’s system at Hainesville and Washington early next week; once that work is done, they will jump across Hainesville Road and begin installing the new watermain pipe serving Lake County Public Works’ clients.
11-19-2015: Thank you all for your patience during the patching work; we are confident that the pavement will carry us safely through the winter until work starts in earnest next spring. In the next week, you will see the contractor continue to install new watermain between Ravine and Hainesville Road; once they complete a connection to the existing watermain, the crew will jump over Hainesville and resume their work towards the east. You will also see the last of the utility work as Comcast connects their customers to the new main cables and AT&T finishes their work to merge their new lines with the existing grid. Both those utilities will demolish their old systems and ComEd will remove those old shorter poles in early December.
Since we are seeing our first snow in the forecast, please take the following message from Lake County’s snow removal crews to heart: When you are driving in snow and icy conditions, you will be sharing the road with LCDOT snow plows. They hit the road before the snow starts to fall and run the routes in 12-hour shifts until roads have returned to normal conditions. The two most important things to remember:
1. Slow Down - plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to get to where you are going.
2. Stay Back - Don't Crowd the Plow!
11-13-2015: Expect delays on Washington Street between Hainesville Road and Haryan Way on Monday, November 16th from 8am until 4pm. The contractor will patch some distressed pavement in the eastbound lanes; we are hoping this work will postpone any need for pothole repairs over the winter months. This work is weather-dependent; rains would force us to postpone until later in the week.
11-11-2015: Watermain installation continues towards the Washington/Hainesville intersection over the next week. We are expecting to see new connections to homes and businesses later this month; we will notify residents of short outages and new connections as that work happens. ComEd completed their relocation work this week; now AT&T and Comcast will move in to complete their work. Expect to see some of those shorter utility poles coming down in the next week or two. There may be some brief interruptions in phones and internet or TV signals as the new cables are spliced together; if you experience outages that are longer than 10 or 15 minutes, please contact your utility for guidance.
11-5-2015: Expect delays in both directions west of Hainesville Road on Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th. The contractor will install a new water crossing at this location to help connect watermain through the project from Arbor towards Hainesville Road. The contractor will dig a trench across Washington just west of Arbor; flaggers will direct traffic around the trench - please use extra caution and watch for the flagger’s signs and signals. The contractor will fill the trench with stone to provide temporary pavement. Again, that work will require a trench across the roadway; the work will be limited to the hours of 9am to 3pm.
10-29-2015: The utilities continue to move their wires and cables onto the new poles at the north and south edges of the new Washington Street corridor. ComEd still plans to transfer power to their new lines this weekend. Comcast and AT&T continue to move their new cables into place and connect the new lines as they move through the project.
We expect watermain work to start next week with the installation of a pipe across Washington near Arbor. That work will require a trench across the roadway; the work will be limited to the hours of 9am to 3pm and the contractor will flag traffic around the excavation. Please use extra caution at the west end of the project since there will be some brief delays.
10-22-2015: Expect to see several weeks of utility work now that the contractor completed the north retaining wall. AT&T will move their lines from the south side of the roadway to the north side; Comcast will follow AT&T. ComEd will transfer power to their new wires at the end of next week. None of this work will result in any substantial outages, though you may see some brief interruptions. The contractor plans to begin watermain installation through the Round Lake Park sections at the west end of the project on Monday, October 26th. Please use extra caution at that end of the project; there may be some brief driveway closures and daily detours as the work crosses the side streets.
10-15-2015: The contractor has completed the northern retaining wall pour. We still expect the watermain installation to start soon, moving from the west end of the project near Arbor towards the east; the contractor is waiting for the utilities to clear their relocation work before moving a crew in to install that water pipe.
The utilities will start restoring any damage to lawns and pavement over the next few weeks. If you have concerns about your lawn or sidewalk, please contact us and we will be happy to meet with you.
10-8-2015: Expect some minor delays on Monday, October 12th as the contractor brings in concrete for the north retaining wall. Flaggers will move traffic through the work area at Highland Lake’s Hartnett Park between 9am and 3pm. Once that work is finished, the contractor will begin watermain installation from the west end of the project near Ravine Drive towards the east. There will be work through driveways and the side streets; again, there will be flaggers to help route traffic through the work zone. Visit the Gallery to check out the latest photos!
9-22-2015: Canadian National Railroad crews will close Washington Street between the Metra Station entrance and Lake Street from Thursday, October 1st through Saturday, October 3rd. They plan to install the new gates on the temporary roadway. There will be no way to safely cross the tracks between Lake Street and Haryan Way, so please use the detour route of Hainesville Road/Rollins Road/Route 83. The posted detour is your fastest and safest commuting route; the local residential roads along Washington Street east of Hainesville Road cannot support morning and afternoon commutes around this closure. Click here for more info and the detour map.
9-10-2015: Expect one lane of traffic between 9am and 3pm on Friday, September 11th near Hartnett Park on Highland Lake. The contractor will install the metal piles that will support the north side retaining wall; this work involves a large crane and a hydraulic hammer to set these H-shaped steel beams. You will see work at Harnett Park for the next few weeks as the contractor builds the forms that give shape to the new wall; this will be followed by pouring concrete. This wall will have a decorative pattern on the Highland Lake side and a fence along the top that will border the future sidewalk.
9-3-2015: We will be adding utility crews to the site over the next week as AT&T and ComEd return to complete their relocation work. We are also looking forward to the start of work at the north retaining wall near Hartnett Park on Highland Lake; expect to see crews there preparing for work starting Wednesday, September 9th. While the existing bike path along the south side of Washington is still not completely open to pedestrians, we made some great strides at the east end near Haryan Way as crews completed repairs. Once the utilities complete their connections, we will be able to finish repairs at the western end and restore your path for the fall and winter.
8-26-2015: Tree removal work is very nearly complete. Crews are performing the final tasks of stump grinding and root pruning. The root pruning operation is very important; if we can sever the roots cleanly instead of tearing them with shovels, trees have a better chance of building new roots to replace the severed ones. The contractor will water the severed roots and scatter fertilizer to help promote healing and new growth. Project team members will be contacting residents with fences or other property inside the new roadway limits; we will make arrangements to remove or relocate those items in the next few weeks.
8-13-2015: Tree removal is nearly complete, clearing the way for the utilities to move the rest of their poles and wires. The next major change you will see is at the northern retaining wall at Hartnett Park. The contractor will be moving machines to the project site soon. If you have fences or landscaping on the new roadway property, you will want to start moving those off in the next month. If you have any questions about this process or the locations of the new property lines, please contact us and we will be happy to visit with you.
8-7-2015: Tree removal work continues and there will be some fence removal cleanup work now that some of the denser growth is cleared. Expect to see utility work near Hartnett Park begin the week of August 10th, followed by the beginning of the retaining wall installation on the north side of the roadway. Several of the utilities still have some removal/relocation work to complete and we are working with them to proceed with those operations to provide access for the project’s water and sewer crews. We will be visiting homes along the southern side of the project in the coming weeks to drop off brochures and answer any questions. Remember, you can contact us anytime if you have questions or concerns regarding the project.
7-30-2015: Tree removal begins Monday, August 3rd. All the larger trees and stumps to be removed are marked with dots of pink paint; they will also remove all the smaller trees and brush within the new right-of-way.
We expect work to begin on a small retaining wall adjacent to Highland Lake within the next two weeks; you can expect to see equipment start to move onto the site very soon. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. Thank you for your time and patience.
7-20-2015: Thank you to all who attended the open house. If you have any more questions as the project moves forward, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you wish to view the exhibits that were displayed at the open house, please click here. Thanks again!
7-6-2015: The Washington Street Thoroughfare (Grandview Drive to Haryan Way) construction open house is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th at the Village of Round Lake Park's Village Hall Board Room. Interested parties can arrive ANYTIME between 5pm and 7pm. Please click here to see the full invitation. Hope to see you there!
6-18-2015: ComEd will continue their tree trimming work this Saturday, June 20th, from around 8:30am until about 3pm. Again, most of their work will be inside of the new roadway right-of-way limits, but the ComEd team may need to trim branches from trees outside of Lake County’s property. ComEd needs to trim or prune any branches that could touch or fall onto the power lines.
6-10-2015: The roadway construction work is expected to start the first week in August. A project information open house for residents and commuters is being planned and that information will be posted when the details are finalized. Utilities are starting to prepare for this construction now! ComEd will have their tree trimming and removal team on site this Saturday, June 13th at 8:30am. They plan to start work east of Hainesville Road and work west. Most of their work will be inside of the new roadway right-of-way limits, but the ComEd team may need to trim branches from trees outside of Lake County’s property. ComEd needs to trim or prune any branches that could touch or fall onto the power lines.
2-20-2015: The roadway work from west of Hainesville Road to Haryan Way starts this year. Expect to see work on temporary pavement and tree removal start in the late summer. Between now and then, you will see the utility companies working to clear their facilities so we can build the new roadway. Over the next few months, residents along this stretch of Washington Street will see notifications with more information about the project. The construction team looks forward to meeting residents and businesses at an open house in the near future.
This meter tracks the overall progress of the construction:
Please use caution in the construction zone. Be aware of work zone speed reductions, workers and equipment. Handheld phone use while driving is illegal in Illinois. Thank you for your patience during construction!