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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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A hole new way to drive

Listeners to WBBM‘s traffic reports were treated to a litany of pothole sightings, many more than usual. Potholes were sighted along Route 12, Fairfield Road near Route 176, and others that unfortunately I do not recall. Sadly, I doubt that any were as honorable as this one.

The evening slog, though less sponge-like, included a generous amount of icy sleet and accidents of varying severity. Lake County Passage radio AM 1620 reported accidents on Route 60 near Route 176,and Peterson Road and Route 45. I suspect that the resulting traffic slowdowns squeezed motorists onto the other roads, as there truly was no speedy route home tonight for drivers. Your mileage, of course, may have varied.

And still – snowfall is expected to continue through Wednesday, laying a fresh coat of precipitation over the pothole grid.

[Update] Tragic Tuesday:
Head-on crash in Volo Tuesday morning injured two motorists.

Be careful out there, everyone.

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