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Road Week Ahead: March 31 – April 4

Here’s what’s on tap for Lake County commuters this week: A (temporarily) two-lane Tri-State for Monday morning’s commute, the last of the Lake County Community Forums, a Town Hall meeting, and a 60-degree exit for March.

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A road by many other names

As the owner of an automobile GPS unit, I’ve taken notice of route numbers during my trips about town. I first noticed that the route numbers on the Lake County signs did not match the route numbers in my GPS unit.

Notably, my GPS refers to Gilmer Road as County Route (CR) 26, yet the signs I see along the road refer to it as CR-V76.

I initially viewed this as the GPS unit’s error. Disappointed with this apparent inaccuracy, I blamed the computer, as blame is the heritage bestowed upon all computers worldwide (it is always the computer’s fault, after all).

I then checked the Gilmer Road map on a different GPS unit for verification and, alas, Gilmer was again numbered as CR-26. Whaaaa? Are these the markings of a conspiracy of confusion?

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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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The mystery of the crappy commute

Yesterday’s post concluded with me musing as to whether I’d “train it” or “drive it” today. Train or car, which would win the battle of the morning transportation choice?

The winner was: Car. Car because I had a few things to do after work, one of which was possibly attending the Route 120 meeting. Car because Car might have been lonely while I opted for Train all week. But not long after choosing Car this morning, I discovered that Train – even Super Late Train – would have been the better choice.

It must have been Accident Day, for the streets were lousy with ’em. “Tomith” (The Other Motorist In The House) phoned me from Route 83 to report that Route 60 was closed. Closed! To AM 1620 I went, seeking details. Apparently there was a building on fire on Route 60 and the authorities shut down the road.

Aside from the fire, I remember several reports of accidents, stalls and various slowdowns looping endlessly on AM 1620. Gilmer Road was a veritable magnet for motor incidents. There was no fresh snow on the roads this uncommonly sunny morning. Some chain of unfortunate events must have been set into motion, possibly caused by a) potholes b) black ice c) impatient drivers tired of winter road conditions d) all of the above or e) oh, let’s say, rabbit zombies. Something that may not even exist.

The mystery shall remain partially solved, as tomorrow brings a new commute and another opportunity to miss the train – I mean, catch the train. My budget can only handle so many “errands” at a time.

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