Construction Update – 12/16/14

Peterson Road was opened to its permanent configuration on Friday afternoon (with the exception of the eastbound Peterson Road right turn lane to southbound Illinois Route 83). The contractor has installed pavement markings and delineators for the winter period.

The project is 80% complete. The remaining major work items to be completed in the spring include:
• Eastbound Peterson Road right turn lane to southbound Illinois Route 83
• Eastbound Peterson Road left turn lane tapers to northbound Illinois Route 83
• (the first 500 feet of the turn lanes are in)
• Eastbound Peterson Road left side left turn lane to northbound Midlothian Road
• Various locations of median curb along Peterson Road as well as curb radii at IL 83
• Final asphalt surface course on Illinois Route 83
• Corrugated median at south Illinois Route 83 limits
• Permanent traffic signals
• Permanent landscaping

Work will resume in the spring as soon as weather allows. At that time, traffic through the site will be temporarily reduced to one lane in each direction during both daily lane closures and more long term closures in the concrete paving areas.

Please note periodic work on the new traffic signals and off the shoulder work will continue throughout the winter so please use caution and watch for workers when driving though the site.

Thank you for your patience this past year and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Construction Update – 12/9/14

The new lanes on Illinois Route 83 were opened this past week and two through lanes in each direction at the intersection of Peterson Road are now open. Cleanup throughout the site continues as well as installation of erosion control blanket for winter shut down. The concrete on Peterson Road has reached cure strength and will be sealed the middle of this week. Concrete sealing will be followed by the installation of pavement markings. Peterson Road is expected to be open to two lanes in each direction by the end of this week, but will be dependent on dry weather conditions. Please be alert for the new traffic patterns.

Truck traffic on westbound Peterson Road to southbound Harris Road remains restricted. Please follow the posted detour. This detour will be removed upon opening of Peterson Road.

Construction Update – 12/2/14

The final areas of concrete and asphalt pavement to be installed for the season were completed this past week, with the exception of one driveway turn lane. The focus of some of the work last week concentrated on closing up as much of the project as possible prior to shutting down for the winter. Completion of this work will allow additional lanes to be opened on Peterson Road and on Illinois Route 83 in the next couple of weeks.

Striping on Illinois Route 83 started Monday and is expected to be complete before the end of the week. Striping on Peterson Road will begin at the end of this week and is expected to be complete by mid-December. Please be alert for the new traffic patterns. Other work scheduled for this week includes installation of erosion control blanket throughout the project as well as general site cleanup. Please note all activities are subject to weather and may be postponed.

Truck traffic on westbound Peterson Road to southbound Harris Road remains restricted. Please follow the posted detour.

Construction Update – 11/25/14

The cold weather earlier in the week presented challenges with concrete and asphalt placement. Only smaller areas were placed that were able to be protected from the low temperatures with insulated blankets. As the weather warmed up, placement of larger areas of asphalt and concrete resumed. Most of the remaining asphalt areas on Illinois Route 83 were completed, as well as the right side left turn lane from eastbound Peterson Road to northbound Illinois Route 83.

This week the remaining asphalt needed for this year will be completed. Additionally, the PCC pavement for the second eastbound through lane west of Illinois Route 83 and the 4 foot side PCC shoulder east of Illinois Route 83 will be placed. Pavement marking installation on Peterson Road and Illinois Route 83 for the winter shut down period is currently scheduled for the week of December 1st. Please note all activities are subject to weather and may be postponed.

Truck traffic on westbound Peterson Road to southbound Harris Road remains restricted. Please follow the posted detour.

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.