Construction Update – 11/20/14

Progress continues on the project with the first eastbound through lane west of Illinois Route 83 being paved last week. The majority of the Harris Road intersection was also completed last week. The concrete is being covered with burlap, insulated blankets, and plastic to retain heat and prevent it from freezing. Asphalt paving also resumed on Illinois Route 83 south of Peterson Road. The pavement markings on Midlothian Road were installed and all lanes on Midlothian Road are now open to traffic.

Work scheduled for this week includes continuing preparation for: concrete pavement, curb and shoulders, and asphalt paving. Concrete paving is scheduled to continue next week when warmer temperatures are forecasted. Please note all activities are subject to weather and may be delayed.

Please note that westbound truck traffic to southbound Harris Road remains restricted. Please follow the detour.

Construction Update – 11/11/14

Another big step for the project was the completion of the second eastbound lane of Peterson Road east of Illinois Route 83. It was completed last week along with the installation of storm sewer and casing pipe at Franklin Boulevard. Much of the project site was seeded and covered with erosion control blanket. The concrete pavement at the Harris Road intersection is complete and is now open to traffic. Westbound trucks on Peterson Road continue to be detoured around the intersection by way of Midlothian Road to Winchester Road. Last week, the curb for the future median on Illinois Route 83 north of Peterson Road was poured. Also, the old pavement on Midlothian Road was milled off and a new asphalt surface course was paved at the end of the week.

Scheduled work for this week includes:
• pavement markings on Midlothian Road
• concrete pavement and curb installation continuing throughout the project
• asphalt paving on Illinois Route 83 (tentatively scheduled to being this week)

Harris Road at Peterson Road is now reopened, with the exception of the westbound truck detour. Thank you for your patience!

Construction Update – 11/07/14

Much of the work this past week was focused on the Harris Road intersection with Peterson Road. The old pavement was removed and the new aggregate base was installed. The aggregate base for the new roadway is complete at most locations. Please note Harris Road is now closed at Peterson Road to pour the new concrete pavement through the intersection. The intersection is scheduled to be reopened on Monday, November 10th. Another area of significant progress this week was a lane of new concrete pavement poured on Peterson Road east of Illinois Route 83. The second adjoining lane is scheduled to be poured on Friday, November 7th. The curb for the future median on Illinois Route 83 south of Peterson Road was also poured this past week. Storm sewer on the south side of Peterson Road between Harris Road and Franklin Boulevard was also installed. Work will continue installing steel casings under the proposed roadway for future use west of Illinois Route 83. Other work scheduled for this week include grading ditch lines, respreading topsoil, installing grass seed and erosion control blanket.

Harris Road is now closed at Peterson Road. The signed detour route is Peterson Road to Midlothian Road south to Winchester Road east to Harris Road. Please click here for more information.

Construction Update – 10/28/14

Work on the project is progressing quickly with the favorable weather we have had this fall.  The remaining portions of the old Peterson Road and the temporary bypass were removed last week.  This work was followed by the installation of the aggregate base for the new roadway east of Illinois Route 83.  The areas west of Illinois Route 83 are scheduled to be completed this week.  The aggregate base north of Peterson Road on Illinois Route 83 was also completed last week.  Significant progress was also made on the eastern project limits.  The final portions of the new curb were poured and traffic was switched onto the new pavement.  As part of the switch, a detour for trucks wishing to travel southbound onto Harris Road from westbound Peterson Road was posted. 

Work at Harris Road scheduled for this week will include removal of the old pavement, installation of the new aggregate base, preparation and installation of the new concrete left turn lanes.  Also this week, the curb for the future median on Illinois Route 83 south of Peterson Road is scheduled to be installed.  Upon completion of the preparation of the new aggregate base on Peterson Road east of Illinois Route 83, a portion of the new pavement will be poured.

Beginning Monday, 11/03/14, southbound Harris Road will be closed to all traffic at Peterson Road.  This detour is to install the new concrete pavement through the intersection.  Please click here for more information. 

Detour Map

Construction Update – 10/21/14

Removal of the temporary pavement on Peterson Road west of Illinois Route 83

Removal of the temporary pavement on Peterson Road west of Illinois Route 83

Despite the rain early last week, significant progress has once again been made throughout the project.  Storm sewer installation resumed on Illinois Route 83 and was completed on Monday this week.  Also this past week, concrete pavement was installed at the north west corner of Illinois Route 83 and east of Harris Road on Peterson Road.  Most significantly, traffic was moved to the new concrete pavement on Peterson Road east and west of Illinois Route 83 on Friday.  Removal of the temporary Peterson Road bypass started on Saturday and will be completed in the middle of this week followed by the installation of the new roadway embankment. Traffic is scheduled to be switched on Peterson Road east of Harris Road to the new pavement late this week.  As part of this switch, the designated left turn lane from westbound Peterson Road to southbound Harris Road will be eliminated.  Trucks will be restricted from making this turning movement and a detour will be posted.  Please use caution when driving in this area.  Work on extending the casing pipe for the high pressure gas lines is anticipated to be completed this week.

Construction Update – 10/15/14

Significant progress has once again been made throughout the project. The majority of the old pavement has been removed from Illinois Route 83 throughout the project limits and the new aggregate base has been installed south of Peterson Road. The concrete pavement at the northeast corner of Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 has been poured. Time allows the concrete to cure and reach strength requirements which will be reached by the middle of this week. This will allow traffic on Peterson Road to be switched to the north half of the new road so work can begin on the south half. The traffic switch is currently scheduled for Friday, October 17th, depending on weather. Please be alert for this traffic pattern change.

Work scheduled for this week includes installation of storm sewer pipes on Illinois Route 83 and the continuation of the installation of the aggregate base for the new roadway. Pavement removal on the temporary Peterson Road bypass will begin upon the completion of the traffic switch to the new pavement. Work will also continue on extending the casing pipe for the high pressure gas lines.

Construction Update – 10/9/14

Now that the majority of the conflicts with the high pressure gas lines have been eliminated, significant progress has been made throughout the project. Last week, the remaining concrete pavement was poured on the western half of the Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 intersection. This allowed traffic on Illinois Route 83 to be shifted west to the new pavement and the removal of the old roadway to begin. In addition to the concrete pavement at this intersection, two pavement gaps left due to the conflicts were also poured.

Traffic on Peterson Road is anticipated to be switched to the new concrete pavement east and west of Illinois Route 83 on Thursday, October 16th. Please be alert for this traffic pattern change.

Work scheduled for this week includes completion of the concrete pavement at the northeast corner of Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83, pavement removal on Illinois Route 83 and placement of the aggregate base for the new roadway. Work will also continue on extending the casing pipe for the high pressure gas lines.

Construction Update – 9/30/14

Left turn access to northbound and southbound Illinois Route 83 from Peterson Road has been restored. Thank you for your patience!

Last week, the balance of the new concrete pavement at the southwest corner of Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 was poured. This work was able to be accomplished because of the closure of the left turn lanes. Traffic on Monday was restored to one lane in each direction as well as a left turn lanes to northbound and southbound Illinois Route 83. Portions of the concrete pavement at the Midlothian Road intersection were also poured. Other work last week included paving portions of the new shared use path on the north side of Peterson Road. Now that work on the gas pipeline at the northwest corner of Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 is complete, work in this area will be focused on completing the new concrete and asphalt pavement. Pending weather, the traffic on Illinois Route 83 will be shifted to the west onto the new pavement so removal and replacement of the east half can begin. Please be alert for this new traffic pattern. Work continues on extending the casing pipe for the high pressure gas lines that run throughout the project. Resolution at two or more of the eight conflict locations is expected by the end of the week, which will allow major work on the roadway to resume on Peterson Road.

Construction Update – 9/23/14

Continuing this week, left turn access to northbound and southbound Illinois Route 83 from Peterson Road is restricted.  These restrictions are necessary to construct the concrete pavement at the Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 intersection.  Please click here for additional information.

Last week, a portion of the new concrete pavement at the southwest corner of Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 was poured. This work was able to be accomplished because of the left turn lanes closures. Traffic on Monday was jogged to the north onto this new concrete. Work is beginning to the south of this location and concrete is expected to be poured later this week. Work on the concrete pavement at the Midlothian Road intersection was also poured. The two through lanes and left turn lanes were shifted to the east on Monday. Work this week will continue at the two intersections. Please use caution through these areas. Various locations will be paved this week with asphalt including the shared use path on the north side of Peterson Road. Work continues on extending the casing pipe for the high pressure gas lines that run throughout the project. The casings are a sleeve under the improved surfaces in which the gas pipes are positioned in. These casings are being extended by the utility’s forces. Resolution at one or more of the eight conflict locations is expected by the end of the week, which will allow major work on the roadway to resume.

Construction Update – 9/16/14

Starting on Monday this week, left turn access to northbound and southbound Illinois Route 83 from Peterson Road was restricted.  These restrictions are necessary to construct the concrete pavement at the Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 intersection.  Please click here for additional information.

The concrete pavement at the south east corner of the Midlothian Road intersection was poured last week.  Traffic is now restored to a through and left turn lane in each direction.  Work in the middle of the intersection is scheduled to be completed by Monday of next week.  Please use caution through this area.  Other work this past week included grading and installation of the aggregate for the proposed shared use path and landscaping at various project locations.  Work continues on extending the casing pipe for the high pressure gas lines that run throughout the project.  The casings are a sleeve under the improved surfaces in which the gas pipes are positioned in.  These casings are being extended by the utility’s forces.