Road construction projects throughout New Lenox have spread like an air-borne virus. The projects currently underway are: the from Williams Street through Harlem Avenue in Frankfort, , and the intersection of
The Route 30 project, which is expected to last for at least another year, has forced a shift in traffic from the right lanes to the two middle lanes. That traffic pattern is expected to last for a few months.
The South Cedar Road project has just erupted. It's a village campaign that relies on motor fuel tax dollars to fuel sidewalk improvements, curb updates and ultimately asphalt overlays on the side streets, said Will Nash, engineer for the . The project is expected to be completed at the end of August or the first part of September. The price tag for the project is about $522,000.
The back up on Cedar Road beginning Aug. 22 is due to preparations for sidewalk installation between in the area between First and Fourth Avenues.
Along with the sidewalks, Nash said, the project calls for curb improvements, including the installation of bridge-like crossings that make for smooth travel for people with disabilities. The project is aimed at satisfying the guidelines of the American Disabilities Act in regard to handicapped accessibility.
The bridge-like crossings, the technical name for which is truncated domes, make for a smooth surface to accommodate people who rely on canes, walkers or wheelchairs, said Nash. The truncated domes are expected to be installed at each of the crossings between First and Fourth Avenues.
The final aspect of the Cedar Road project is installing a fresh layer of asphalt overlay on First-Fourth Avenues.
Gougar Road and Route 30
The is responsible for the $1.5 million road widening project at Route 30and Gougar Road.
Facing north on Gougar Road, there will be a dedicated left turn lane and right turn lane, as well as the existing through lane. Facing south, there will still be two lanes but the configuration will change. Instead of a right-only lane and a left/through lane, there will be a left-only lane and a right/through.
Nash said the situation is a bit better this week, because the asphalt mix has been poured. That minimizes the drop off between the existing road and the foundation. It's safer now to drive in that area, he added.
"They've got the (asphalt built up), so the outside lanes of traffic can move easier."
"They still need to complete work on the median," he added. That project is also expected to be completed by early September.
Nelson Road Extension
The between Haven Avenue and Illinois Highway is still a bit in the offing, according to Nash.
The plan is to extend Nelson Road about one mile in length, hence joining the south side of town to Route 30. As recently as 10 days ago, Nash said he had scaled the "first hurdle," which is a serious discussion with pipeline officials about coordinating the project along their easement.
The discussion and details are continuing, Nash said. However, he expects cooperation from the various utility and gas line companies.
In the meantime, village officials are hoping to gather approval to purchase property from the landowner. "We're getting appraisals," he said.
That project remains in the early phases of planning, he said.
Route 30 and Interstate 80
Last week, Nash said construction crews were moving pipe and the dirt around the on-and-off ramps on . The plan is to install new high mast lights at the ramp.
The project is not yet complete, he said.