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Road Week Ahead: March 17 – March 21

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: Community Forums, new lane configurations on the Tri-State Tollway, free rides for seniors, and a television program exploring the effects of explosive growth on a Chicago suburb.

Plus, the Tri-State shuts down – but only for a few hours in the middle of the night.

The next round of Lake County Community Forums will be held this week. Next up are Southeast region (Monday), Northwest region (Wednesday) and Northeast Region (Thursday). The “What’s Going On?” Lake County Motorist Calendar lists the dates and locations for the other forums should you want to add them to your own Google Calendar.

North Tri-State Tollway construction update: ISTHA announced that “the long-term closure of one northbound Open Road Tolling lane at the Waukegan Toll Plaza began on March 14, for rebuild and widen work. Two ORT lanes will remain available. The lane will remain closed until late 2008.”

The southbound counterflow lane between Grand Avenue and Half-Day Road (Route 22) will be fully open for Monday morning’s commute. Southbound traffic will be able to enter the counterflow lane at Grand, but will be unable to leave the lane until south of Half-Day Road. Three lanes of traffic will remain available in both directions during daytime hours.

Monday’s short-term closures:

  • One southbound lane will be closed between Route 120 and Stearns School Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • One northbound lane will be closed between Stearns School Road and Wadsworth Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • One northbound lane will be closed from US-41 to Russell Road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • One northbound lane between Mill Creek and Russell Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Two northbound lanes between Lake-Cook Road and Deerfield Road will be closed from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The Daily Lane Closure Report also lists several “full closures” of 15 minutes each, “with trooper assistance,” scheduled for Monday night. Four southbound and eight northbound shutdowns are planned between midnight and 4 a.m. Night haulers should select another route during these hours.

Stay “in the know” with the Lake County DOT roadwork update report and the Illinois DOT construction update report.

Interstate 94 weather report: Seasonally-appropriate highs in the 40s, with rain Monday night leading into Tuesday, and possible rain/snow mix on Friday.

WTTW Channel 11 will air “Coping with Growth”, a program that will focus on New Lenox, Illinois’ population explosion, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Although New Lenox is located in Will County and not Lake, the massive growth occurring there is also happening in parts of Lake County.

“Coping with Growth” is part of  Chicago Matters 2008 Growing Forward theme. Chicago Matters bills itself as “an annual exploration—via television, radio, print and community dialogue—of an issue of broad concern to the Chicago region.” More programming is planned throughout the rest of the year, including a transportation focus in May.

A few weeks ago, I posted about the impending end of a pilot Metra shuttle service between Conway Park and the West Lake Forest station. Per Stuckonsixty.com, the service (still in test) has been extended through May 2. Conway Park employees are encouraged to give the shuttle a try.

In transit: Free rides for seniors begins Monday, March 17. Check here and here for information.

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