Route 30 Construction Updates from Village Engineer

Road configuration is shifting west of Schoolhouse Road.

Motorists are asked to be aware that the Route 30 construction project is continuing at a rapid pace. Construction crews were out all weekend preparing for ongoing lane shifts. 

Village Engineer Will Nash highlighed the major projects at the moment:

  • The contractor has begun milling and removing pavement near Retail Drive.  Traffic existing the Target Lowes site has been shifted to the west allowing one lane in and one lane out.

Once the east side of the intersection is complete traffic will be moved to the east allowing two lanes to exit the site and build the west side of the intersection.  The contractor anticipates completing the entire intersection in about 8 weeks. This will provide a complete intersection prior to the holiday rush.

  • Marley Road is currently closed. Marley Road will be opened next week.
  • Blue Stone Bay Drive is currently closed while the contractor builds the intersection up to the subgrade for the new road. This road should be open in a few days.  
  • Spencer Road will be closed when Marley Road is opened to allow construction of the new pavement.
  • Joliet Highway is scheduled to be closed on Oct. 10 to allow the contractor to build the road up to the base for the new pavement.  Joliet Highway will not close until Bluestone Bay Drive is opened.
  • We are currently working with the contractor regarding the intersection of Schoolhouse Road. 

The current plan was to close the road entirely to construct the intersection.  IDOT and the contractor are working to provide a revised plan to construct the intersection in 2 phases allowing one lane of traffic in each direction.  Constructing the intersection in phases will take approximately eight weeks.

Nash noted that all the work mentioned above is dependent on weather and the possibility of unforeseen utility issues.



Tim October 08, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Why is the new concrete so wavy in Frankfort? It is much less-wavy in New Lenox. It's like a torture-test track as it undulates. Shouldn't it be smooth and nice for the amount of money we are paying for this? Makes me sea-sick.
Nick October 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
The parts that are "wavy" is just temporary concrete used short term to move lanes over. When cars are routed back over on new permanent concrete, the temporary lanes are removed and that area prepared for permanent lanes.
Tim October 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Nobody uses 'temporary concrete'. This stuff is nearly a foot thick w/ rebar. They do 2 lanes in one direction- shared during construction, then add the second set of lanes going opposite direction. Crew should be embarrassed of their work.
Dino October 09, 2012 at 10:25 AM
They had to strengthen the temporary concrete because of the heavy amount of traffic that Route 30 receives on a daily basis. Especially with the thought of the heavy construction equipment,heavy dump trucks,and the daily use of your every day semi that rolls down Route 30. So it is just that...."Temporary concrete". :)
Gerry Wright October 09, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Putting in a reinforced concrete roadway and tearing it up again is ludicrous. I can't think of a bigger waste of resources and money. They could have used existing old road while they built 2 new lanes parallel and then switched traffic to the 2 new lanes while they removed/reinstalled lanes on the other side. Much like they do on every highway across the country. No wonder it takes forever and costs so much using bass ackward engineering approach.


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