New Lenox Village Engineer Will Nash provided the latest information on the ongoing Route 30 construction project, including updates on traffic patterns and road closures.
- Anderson Road is currently closed. The mainline pavement has been poured through the intersection. The contractor has installed the side street pavement except for the small area of surface asphalt. Anderson Road should be by the end of the week.
- New concrete has been placed from the west end of the project to just the middle of the Hickory Creek Plaza across from Lincoln-Way Central High School. The contractor will be leaving gaps at the private driveways and side streets as required to allow access.
- Installation has begun on the asphalt base for the pavement in the intersection of Route 30 and Retail Drive. Once the east side of the intersection is complete, the west side will be constructed and the intersection will be completed. This is meant to provide a complete intersection prior to the holiday rush.
- Joliet Highway is currently closed while the contractor builds the intersection up to the sub-grade for the new road. The contractor has run into some underground utility issues and will be addressing these this week. This road should be open in two weeks. We have placed signs along Route 30 directing traffic looking to access Bluestone Commons to the entrance just west of Joliet Highway.
- Spencer Road will be closed when Anderson Road is open.
- Due to the closure of Joliet Highway, Nash said he told the contractor he cannot move forward with the staged construction of Schoolhouse Road until Joliet Highway is complete. There will be concrete pavement placed just east and west of the existing pavement this year with some temporary asphalt placed to transition for the new pavement to existing pavement. The staged construction of the intersection will take place in the spring.
- Next week the contractor will be placing asphalt and new concrete from east of Schoolhouse Road to Retail Drive.
- The right-in-right-out near Portillo’s and Chili’s Restaurants will be closed until this mainline pavement is constructed.
- The contractor is finishing storm sewer work on some side streets and then will begin relocating fire hydrants as required for the new cross section of the right-of-way.
All the work mentioned above is dependent on weather and the possibility of unforeseen utility issues.
Nash said, "My staff and I have been in contact and will continue to reach out to the business owners and affected parties in the construction areas to update them as we get new information from the contractor.
Moving forward, the contractor plans to have the eastbound two lanes of new pavement constructed by Thanksgiving and as weather permits continue to construct the middle lanes and the left turn lanes along with the curb and gutter.
If the weather cooperates they are hoping to have the intersection at Vancina and Retail Drives complete by Thanksgiving, Nash said.
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