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Road Week Ahead: February 25 – February 29

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this leap week.

Illinois Tollway construction update: Monday morning marks the start of a new traffic pattern on the northern Tri-State Tollway. As part of the ongoing Rebuild and Widen project, traffic shifts and preparations for a southbound counterflow lane began February 22. Starting in March, one lane of southbound traffic will be temporarily shifted onto the northbound side.

Two right lanes on the northbound Tri-State will be closed between Duffy Lane and Route 176 from 7 PM Monday night to 8 AM Tuesday morning. Also scheduled for Monday night are northbound single-lane closures between Route 137 and Stearns School Road. All other construction continues as planned.

The Illinois DOT construction update report doesn’t reflect this, but those Half-Day Road log cabins were finally torn down a few weeks ago. I haven’t driven that route in a while and was unaware of their disappearance. I also didn’t realize they were the source of so much chatter in Lincolnshire, but I’m new to these parts.

Here’s the Lake County DOT roadwork update report. Several projects currently on hold for winter will start up in a few weeks.

Interstate 94 weather report. Snow showers are predicted for Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday’s temps will be abnormally frigid.

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Gilmer Road: More "stop", less "go"

A new traffic signal was recently activated at Gilmer and Schwerman Roads in Hawthorn Woods.

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This is one of three new traffic signals designed to regulate traffic coming onto, leaving from, and passing along Gilmer. Coming soon are a signal at Diamond Lake Road in Long Grove, and a signal at Liberty Lakes Boulevard in Wauconda.

I’m sure the residents who use these intersecting roads are happy to have these signals. I wonder how much these signals will slow the morning traffic along Gilmer. Having only a handful of traffic signals, Gilmer is one of the fastest routes from the Volo area to Buffalo Grove and is a two-lane road for most of its run. I worry about backups a la Route 120 bubbling up around these new signals. The biggest backups occur at Gilmer’s signaled intersections, such as Hawley.

Fortunately, a left turn lane was constructed at Schwerman to accommodate possible backups due to the traffic signal. I wish Grayslake would’ve taken a similar pro-action with the signalization of Allegheny Road and Route 120.

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Road Week Ahead: February 18 – February 22

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: Pothole patching, brisk temperatures, and the usual.

Illinois Tollway commuter alert: Expect daytime lane closures for several pothole repair projects on Monday and Tuesday. Tri-State Tollway closures are planned as follows:

Monday 2/18:

  • Northbound and southbound between Half-Day Road and Route 176 (7 AM – 5 PM)
  • Southbound Tri-State from Route 137 to Stearns School Road (9 AM – 3 PM)
  • Scheduled lane closures for “snow removal” southbound from Route 137 to Route 120 (5 AM – 10 AM – commuter alert!) and northbound from Route 120 to Stearns School Road (10 AM – 3 PM)

Tuesday 2/19:

  • Southbound Tri-State from Route 137 to Stearns School Road (9 AM – 3 PM)
  • Northbound Tri-State from Half-Day Road to Route 176 (7 AM – 5 PM)
  • Scheduled lane closures for “snow removal” southbound from Route 137 to Route 120 (5 AM – 10 AM – commuter alert!) and northbound from Route 120 to Stearns School Road (10 AM – 3 PM)

Also in tollway news: ISTHA is hosting an Open House on Thursday February 21 “to share information regarding construction projects on the Tri-State Tollway”. The meeting will be held from 4-7 PM at the Tri-State Tollway Construction Field Office in Deerfield. Details are available at ISTHA’s website.

Links roundup: Illinois DOT construction update report and Lake County DOT roadwork update report.

Here’s the Interstate 94 weather report. Forecasters are predicting a week of frigid temps with only a dusting of snow. Of course, a Big Major Snowstorm was due on Sunday February 17; no major accumulation yet as of this writing.

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Brief Route 120 bypass update

Round Lake Mayor Bill Gentes noted on his blog that the 120now.com website has been updated. There is also an evening! works-within-commuter-schedules! meeting planned for Wednesday, February 13 at 7pm. I’ll post more details as I get them. Lake County residents that would be affected by a redesigned Route 120 may find these meetings of interest.

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Road Week Ahead: February 4 – February 8

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: Road closures, Election Day, and more stuff from the sky.

Illinois DOT construction update report. Of note: Route 22 building demolition described in part as follows:

Building demolition of three single family two-story log cabins, one garage and three other buildings located on IL 22 (Half Day Road) in Lincolnshire…

Does this refer to the log cabin on Route 22 just east of Olde Half Day Road? I’ve been wondering about the story behind this house. Might anyone have info?

Here’s the Lake County DOT roadwork update report. According to the Daily Herald, Lake County road improvements may be fast-tracked thanks to the recently approved transit bailout package (remember that?)

Illinois Tollway construction update: Off-peak lane closures on Lake-Cook Road from 9 AM to 3PM, February 4 through 8.

Oh yeah, Tuesday is Election Day. Article: Lake County Board candidates spar over roadwork.

Interstate 94 weather report. “Metra weather” ahead: Monday and Tuesday are predicted to be messy; take public transit if you can. All the routes are running now.

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