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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.

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Their way: What others are saying

Getting out and about, and talking about it.

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Getting the roundabout on Route 120

Wednesday night’s Route 120 Land Use Planning Workshop was held after rush hour, all the better for westbound motorists to get a feel for the issue at hand: figuring out how to get all those people where they need to be, without damaging the community in the process.

As someone who had only seen scraps of information about the Route 120 bypass until [somewhat] recently, I was excited that progress was being made and information being shared.

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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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