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Road Week Ahead: June 2 – June 6

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: Construction zone speeding crackdown, roadwork gets the green light, and don’t forget your rain gear.

Monday’s temporary lane closures on the North Tri-State Tollway:

  • Six full northbound closures of 15 minutes duration are planned overnight, between midnight and 4:30 a.m. Night owls are wise to avoid the road until after this time.

The ISTHA and Illinois State Police announced a crackdown on tollway construction zone speeding last week. The agencies will utilize marked white vans, troopers dressed as construction workers, motorcycle patrols and other means to nab scofflaws. First offense garners a $375 fine and a mandatory court appearance. Second offense costs $1,000 and the loss of one’s drivers license for 90 days.

Be careful out there!

IDOT, in conjunction with Lake Forest and Highland Park, is reconstructing the Old Elm Road bridge over the Skokie River. The project is slated to begin in June and wrap up in November. Old Elm is one of few streets that has a signaled intersection with U.S. Route 41. Although the construction will not directly affect Route 41, area motorists should prepare to detour. The bridge is located near the southern “terminus” of Green Bay Road (actually, the road picks up again in Highwood).

The old building foundation is gone, and work continues to add parking spaces near the Round Lake Metra station. Scheduled completion date is July 2008, and not a minute too soon: Round Lake recently stopped selling additional Metra parking passes due to overcrowding in the existing lots.

Slowing down in Volo: As originally reported by Volozen Rob, construction is coming to the intersection of Route 60 and Fish Lake Road. The intersection will be widened and traffic signals added.

Construction is also planned to improve the Fish Lake Road and Route 120 intersection by adding turn-only lanes to both roads, but no traffic signals are proposed for it.

Captain Tollway!Fun stuff: The Tollway Authority recently introduced a new mascot: Captain Tollway, who encourages motorists to “Know Before You Go!” by visiting the Tollway’s website prior to road trips. Kids can pick up a free Captain Tollway coloring book at the tollway oases.

Let’s just hope the speeding crackdowns don’t include a trooper dressed as Captain Tollway handing out speeding tickets on the Tri-State.

Interstate 94 weather report: Monday will be sunny and warm, but the rest of the week will be stormy, with a 30-60% degree change of precipitation each day. Well, at least the lawns and gardens will love it.

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  1. kilax says:

    😦 I am worried about getting one of those $375 tickets. I have such bad luck. I know, I know, just drive 45! It’s hard when everyone else is going 55+, but I am really going to make an effort…

  2. Here’s throwing you some luck, kilax! Not that I have much to spare, so I guess I’ll have to watch my construction zone speeds too 🙂

    It’ll be interesting to see if people continue to drive 60+MPH in the construction zones once the more visible enforcement activities go into full swing. Nothing like seeing all those red and blue flashing lights along the road to encourage the foot to tap the brake.

    If I recall correctly, similar crackdowns seemed to work on the Dan Ryan during that multi-year project a few years ago. Many, many people found themselves on the receiving end of a pricey ticket during the initial days of that crackdown.

    At least the cruisers and marked vehicles give a motorist a chance to slow down before getting a violation. The plainclothes troopers and unmarked vehicles can throw one off guard.

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