NOV 232015

Punchlist slowed down due to weekend weather

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The snow last week threw a wrench into the contractor’s plans for the punchlist and patching. Towards the end of last week, it became apparently that the winter storm was growing in intensity and we’d have to get the road fully re-opened so it could be plowed. All the open holes in the pavement were temporarily patched to give a solid surface for the plows. Hopefully, the weather will hold next week, and the contractor will be able to get these patches re-excavated and permanently patched. Also on the agenda for next week is the continued modification to the shopping center driveway on IL 83, south of Rollins Road. There were apparently some issues with the grade of the driveway that needed to be adjusted, so the contractor will be making those repairs as well. We want to wait until next week to make sure everything is safe and wide-open for the long Thanksgiving weekend.

They have been trying to get as much of the punchlist completed today as possible. The asphalt crews are out there today completing all the asphalt work they can, including the mailbox turnouts on Hainesville and fixing a dip in the pavement at the east end of the Rollins Road work.

I don’t expect too much else happening this week with the upcoming holiday, but the contractor will be back out the following week to continue repairs to the pavement and driveway. So far, the forecast looks manageable for that.

 

NOV 132015

Rollins Road Work Complete

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor's work on the punchlist is well underway. The punchlist allows us to evaluate the contractor's work and make any corrections necessary to unsatisfactory work and address items that may have been overlooked during construction. This way we can ensure the project is satisfactorily built before the contractor turns it back to the County. This is a standard part of all construction projects and repairs of damaged work is a major part of that.

One of the items you may have noticed is in the medians on Rollins Road. The contractor is installing stamped and colored concrete. This will help provide some framing for the final landscaping that will be planted in the spring. There should be a few more concrete placements, then the concrete will be stained similar to the walls and the work will be completed. Only a portion will be stained, since there are two patterns we are using. The second pattern is less complex, so its color will only come from additives in the concrete.

The other item you've probably seen quite a bit of work on is pavement repair. All concrete cracks after it is built, which is why a jointing plan was developed with joints every twelve feet or so in the pavement. These are meant to control the cracking and force the cracks to the joints where steel is embedded, but sometimes the panels will crack. When that happens, the contractor is obligated to repair or replace the cracked panels and we look at these areas with them to see if any further corrective action is required. This is very typical for concrete pavement job, and part of the procedure for making sure a good final product is turned over to the County. The contractor bears the cost of remedial actions such as this, so this patching work is coming along at no additional expense to the taxpayer.

We expect the punchlist work will be completed by Thanksgiving with landscaping to come in the spring.

While this remaining work is completed, the work zone speed limit signs will stay in place as this is still an active construction site. 

Thanks to everyone for your patience during the project!

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

OCT 152015

Rollins Road Work Complete

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

All major work has completed on the Rollins Road project.

There are a handful of remaining minor items left on the project. The landscaping is being wrapped up this year, with final plantings next spring. This will allow the new trees to be planted during an optimal time for them to thrive.

There are some punchlist activities left for the contractor to take care of as well. This entails miscellaneous repairs or changes to make the finished product as smooth as possible. You may see a few occasional lanes closures as this work is completed.

Thanks to everyone for your patience during the project!

 

JUL 142015

Final Asphalt Work

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This week, the contractor will begin their final asphalt work. The plan is to start milling off the old asphalt surface on the north leg of IL Rte. 83, then continue with Rollins, then the south leg of IL Rte. 83 and Hainesville. This should take about three days and then a binder course will be placed at each of these locations. After a few more days installing traffic signal loops and adjusting structures, the contractor will be ready to place the final surface followed by the striping. This should be completed around the end of July. There will be lane closures set up to complete this work, so please use caution through the work zone.

The contractor is continuing to work on finishing up the medians on the project. Tomorrow, they’ll have the last piece of concrete pavement installed, after which they’ll be able to get the rest of the median in place next week.

Landscaping, sidewalk, and traffic signal work will take place in the following weeks.

The parking lot at the south shopping center should be finished up next week.

 

JUN 292015

New Northbound IL 83 Lanes Opening

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Next week, the contractor will be opening new lanes to traffic for northbound IL 83. The date is set for Wednesday, 7/1/15, weather pending. Northbound IL 83 will be shifted east onto the new pavement. Rollins traffic will be pushed outside to the new curbs, so work on the center median east of IL 83 can be completed. Hainesville traffic will also be shifted onto the new pavement.

For now, IL 83 will remain in one lane in each direction. That will give the contractor a chance to complete work on the IL 83 median south of Rollins Road and finish the sidewalk and topsoil along the east side of IL 83.

The contractor will continue work on installing the traffic signals. The signals at Rollins Road and Mallard Creek Drive will be the first to be completed. We expect it will take a few weeks to finish.

In the meantime, the contractor will be placing the asphalt and remaining curb necessary for the traffic switch. They will also be placing another portion of the new parking lot south of Rollins Road.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

MAY 112015

Paving Work Continues on IL Rte. 83

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

There will be another few concrete paves until IL Rte. 83 is complete. After that, new curb will be placed along the entire length of IL 83 along with additional asphalt at the ends. We expect IL Rte. 83 to be ready for new traffic within a couple weeks after Memorial Day.

The curb and sidewalk contractor has been working on getting new sidewalk installed throughout the job which will continue for the next few weeks.

Temporary asphalt pavement was placed on Hainesville Road. This will allow us to shift traffic to the east and start on building the remaining 200’ gap in the Hainesville Road pavement. We are waiting for the weather to cooperate before the traffic shift can take place. Once traffic is shifted, it will take a week or so to get the area ready for the first concrete pour.

Work also continues on the retaining wall east of Hainesville Road. The expansion of the ponds in Gateway Park is complete.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

APR 162015

Pavement Placement on New Eastbound Lanes

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

With the better weather this week, work has continued along on the Rollins Road Gateway project.

Tomorrow (April 17), we expect to see the first pavement placed this season. The contractor will place concrete for new eastbound lanes on Rollins Road east of IL 83.

The contractor tentatively plans to pave the through lanes on the south leg of IL 83 on April 20, 2015. Because of the tight area here, traffic on IL 83 will be restricted to one lane to allow concrete trucks to dump their loads, so please allow yourself some extra time while making your way through on Monday.

In the next few days, the stone subbase work should be complete on IL 83 north of Rollins Road. The sewer contractor will continue to work their way north on IL 83. They will need lane closures tomorrow (April 17)to complete this work. They plan to complete the storm sewer in the ponds east of Hainesville Road next week with construction of the retaining wall to follow.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

APR 132015

Wet Conditions Slow Earthwork Operations

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor continues to do what they can on site with the wet conditions of the past week. They finished up work on the water main and hope to have the sanitary sewer completed this week. Storm sewer installation will continue on the far north end of IL 83 and near Hainesville.

The rain has slowed down the earthwork operations. Hopefully, the rest of this week should be dry enough to finish placing the stone base on the north leg of IL 83. The contractor has begun mobilizing their paving equipment on site. Hopefully, we will start seeing some fresh concrete pavement go down in the next couple of weeks.

The first concrete pour for the retaining wall at the southeast corner of Rollins Road and IL 83 was placed last week. The contractor should have the wall finished in the next week and begin work on the last retaining wall in the pond east of Hainesville Road.

The electricians continue to install underground conduit and foundations throughout the job. They will continue this through the upcoming weeks.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

APR 12015

Spring Work Resumes in Earnest

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor has continued to install storm sewer and water main for the eastern half of IL Rte. 83. They plan to have it finished by the end of next week. They will then work on the remaining sewer elsewhere on the job.

After today, the stone base for IL Rte. 83 will be complete south of Rollins Road. The north section should be completed by the end of next week. The concrete paving crew should be able to get in the following week.

The electricians have resumed their work. Over the next several weeks they will be installing conduit and foundations for new traffic signals and street lighting throughout the project.

The carpenters and ironworkers are building the forms for the concrete retaining wall at the southeast corner of Rollins Road and IL Rte. 83. They should begin placing concrete next week.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

MAR 202015

Spring Work Resumes in Earnest

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Work has resumed in earnest on the project after the winter. The sheet piling from temporary IL Rte. 83 has been removed and the south leg of IL Rte. 83 cut down to the new grade.

The sewer and water main is being installed under the new IL Rte. 83 pavement. This work should last another week or two. Monday, (March 23, 2015) the water main work will be taking place inside the driveway south of Rollins Road and east of IL Rte. 83. The driveway will still be open, so please feel free to use it. After that work will move to the north side of IL Rte. 83.

The grading crew will be following the sewer crew. They will cut IL Rte. 83 to its final grade and place the stone base for the road. If all goes well, the site will be ready for the paving crew the first week of April.

After dealing with some utility issues, the contractor was able to install the storm sewer linking the two ponds east of Hainesville Road. In early April, they will resume work on the retaining wall there and hopefully have it complete a few weeks after that.

One other area of work that will be coming up is on Hainesville Road. There is a short stretch of pavement left to install where temporary Rollins Road used to be. In the next few weeks, the contractor hopes to install the last bit of temporary pavement needed to stage traffic for this work.

 

JAN 192015

Temporary Bridge Removed

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The temporary bridge has been removed. The contractor will spend the next few weeks disassembling the bridge and removing the concrete and steel sheeting at the abutments.

Elsewhere, concrete work will continue with the railroad retaining wall south of Rollins Road. The contractor will also begin installing storm sewer through the retaining wall between Hainesville Road and the railroad tracks.

Also, we’ve received several questions over the past few weeks asking why we are not building a permanent bridge for IL Rte 83. We’ve updated the FAQ page to help explain why.

The new IL Rte. 83 pavement is now open to traffic and the intersection with Rollins Road restored. Traffic through the winter will be in the following configuration:

  • Rollins Road: Two lanes in each direction with left-turn lanes at Hainesville Road and IL Rte. 83
  • IL Rte. 83: One lane in each direction with left-turn lanes at IL Rte. 83, Hook Drive, and by the Pep Boys entrance. There are also new right-turn lanes for SB IL 83 at Hook Drive and Rollins Road.
  • Hainesville Road Remains in the same configuration.


There will be limited work over the next few weeks. The contractor will continue working on the retaining walls west of IL Rte. 83, one along the railroad tracks and the other east of Hainesville Road. The work this winter will consist of placing the concrete faces and caps on the walls when the weather allows.

Once the spring weather cooperates, work will resume on the eastern half of IL Rte. 83. There will be another retaining wall going up at the southeast corner of Rollins Road/IL Rte. 83, but that will be the extent of the structural work.

The last piece of Hainesville Road and remaining miscellaneous pieces of Rollins Road will also be built in the spring, followed by the remaining work in the project.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.

 

JAN 82015

Road Closures January 15-16, Midnight till 1:00AM

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

On the nights of January 15th and 16th, Rollins Road east of IL Rte. 83 will be fully closed for one hour between midnight and 1:00 AM. This will allow the contractor to remove the temporary bridge from temporary IL Rte. 83. During this night, there will be other lane closures between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM to allow for the setup of this operation. Once complete, they will work on cutting down the embankment to bring the grade in-line with the new IL Rte. 83 pavement, as the weather allows.

The new IL Rte. 83 pavement is now open to traffic and the intersection with Rollins Road restored. Traffic through the winter will be in the following configuration:

  • Rollins Road: Two lanes in each direction with left-turn lanes at Hainesville Road and IL Rte. 83
  • IL Rte. 83: One lane in each direction with left-turn lanes at IL Rte. 83, Hook Drive, and by the Pep Boys entrance. There are also new right-turn lanes for SB IL 83 at Hook Drive and Rollins Road.
  • Hainesville Road Remains in the same configuration.


There will be limited work over the next few weeks. The contractor will continue working on the retaining walls west of IL Rte. 83, one along the railroad tracks and the other east of Hainesville Road. The work this winter will consist of placing the concrete faces and caps on the walls when the weather allows.

Once the spring weather cooperates, work will resume on the eastern half of IL Rte. 83. There will be another retaining wall going up at the southeast corner of Rollins Road/IL Rte. 83, but that will be the extent of the structural work.

The last piece of Hainesville Road and remaining miscellaneous pieces of Rollins Road will also be built in the spring, followed by the remaining work in the project.

 

DEC 192014

IL Rte. 83 is Now Open to Traffic

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The new IL Rte. 83 pavement is now open to traffic and the intersection with Rollins Road restored. Traffic through the winter will be in the following configuration:

  • Rollins Road: Two lanes in each direction with left-turn lanes at Hainesville Road and IL Rte. 83
  • IL Rte. 83: One lane in each direction with left-turn lanes at IL Rte. 83, Hook Drive, and by the Pep Boys entrance. There are also new right-turn lanes for SB IL 83 at Hook Drive and Rollins Road.
  • Hainesville Road Remains in the same configuration.


There will be limited work over the next few weeks. The contractor will continue working on the retaining walls west of IL Rte. 83, one along the railroad tracks and the other east of Hainesville Road. The work this winter will consist of placing the concrete faces and caps on the walls while the weather allows. The contractor will also remove the temporary bridge from temporary IL Rte. 83, now that it is no longer being used. To go along with that work, they will also work on cutting down the embankment to bring the grade in-line with the new IL Rte. 83 pavement as the weather allows.

Once the spring weather cooperates, work will resume on the eastern half of IL Rte. 83. There will be another retaining wall going up at the southeast corner of Rollins Road/IL Rte. 83, but that will be the extent of the structural work.

The last piece of Hainesville Road and remaining miscellaneous pieces of Rollins Road will also be built in the spring, followed by the remaining work in the project.

 

DEC 122014

Intersection traffic restored by December 18

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor plans to open the new IL Rte 83 pavement to traffic and restore the intersection of Rollins Road and IL Rte 83 by December 18, 2014, weather permitting.

Prior to that, the contractor will seal the pavement joints, clean the new pavement, and place the new markings. On Monday, December 15, 2014, the temporary signals for the new Rollins Road/IL Rte 83 intersection will be turned on and tested.

In the upcoming weeks, there will be a few other activities taking place. The contractor will continue building the retaining walls south of Rollins Road, both on the west side of IL Rte 83 and in the ponds east of Hainesville Road. The latter wall is there to provide a safe maintenance corridor to the underground and overhead utilities that run between the new retention ponds there.

 

NOV 212014

Paving prep begins

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Work is continuing on the south leg of IL Rte. 83. The stone base will be trimmed to its final grade by the end of the day. The week of 11/24 will see the contractor placing reinforcing baskets and prepping the area for paving. The paving may start as early as 11/26 or could be pushed back to 12/1. Once the paving is underway, it will take about two weeks to complete. That means we should be able to open the intersection of Rollins Road/IL Rte 83 back up the week of 12/15.

The cold has slowed progress down. We will still be able to pave in the cold, but it means extra precautions must be taken to prevent the stone and concrete from freezing. The good news is that ComEd is now clear of our work, so we only have the weather to contend with.

Throughout the rest of the site, the contractor is continuing to work on a retaining wall east of Hainesville. This retaining wall will allow ComEd and NICOR to service their underground transmission lines that run the east-west overhead towers, while giving us as large an area as we need for the new retention pond being dug south of Rollins Road and east of Hainesville.

Elsewhere, the contractor is installing some of the underground facilities for new traffic signals and otherwise buttoning up the site for winter.

 

OCT 292014

Detour Still in Effect -
Continued work on South Leg of IL Rte 83

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor hopes to have the steel retaining wall for the south leg of IL Rte 83 completed by the end of the week. Also, Com Ed plans to have their conflict there cleared as well. Once that happens, the contractor will begin the final earth excavation and drainage work for that leg of IL Rte 83. Hopefully, concrete paving will start in the last section of IL Rte 83 by mid-November. Once that is done, the intersection of Rollins Road and IL Rte 83 will be reopened. That will happen before winter.

The contractor is continuing to work on other areas they can complete before winter. Curb and sidewalk crews have been working throughout the project completing what they can. Once they are done, the landscapers will come through to place the final ground cover.

 

OCT 72014

Detour Still in Effect - New PCC Pavement Installation

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Work continues on IL Rte. 83. The contractor is installing new PCC pavement to the north of Rollins Road. Since these are smaller pieces there will be several days of concrete placement left. Once the west side of the pavement is in, the curb crews will begin placing the curb from Rollins Road up to north of Hook Drive. This will likely begin the week of October 13.

South of Rollins Road, the contractor has begun installing the rest of the retaining wall which will separate IL Rte. 83 from the railroad tracks. In the next few weeks, they will be installing ground anchors, similar what was done over the winter at the other retaining walls. These anchors are permanent, not temporary, but the idea is the same: a long steel rod is drilled into the ground and the hole is filled with grout. This anchor will hold the steel sheeting of the retaining wall in place. When complete, it will all be covered in concrete like the retaining walls north of Rollins Road.

 

SEP 262014

New Rollins Road is Open, Detour in Effect

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The new Rollins Road is now open and moving! Please note that a ‘No Turns Detour’ is in effect, and route signage is posted to help drivers navigate (see image below). While the adjacent IL Rte. 83 remains open to traffic, there is new work ahead that will impact drivers. Beginning next week, the contractor will begin finishing the south side of Rollins Road, east of IL Rte. 83. Crews will also begin removing the old Rollins Road, start paving along the north leg of IL Rte. 83, and resume retaining wall construction on the south leg of IL Rte. 83.

 

SEP 82014

Rollins Road Paving Continues

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor started paving the bulk of the through lanes on the rest of Rollins Road. Within two weeks, the contractor should complete placing the turn lanes and other miscellaneous pieces to complete this stage of the pavement. Installation of the curb and gutter will follow. As it stands, the new pavement is expected to be open to traffic on September 24.

When this pavement is opened, it will be the start of the turning detour. As we’ve mentioned before, Rollins Road and IL Rte. 83 will be physically separated, so it will not be possible to turn between Rollins Road and IL Rte. 83. We will post an illustration to show why this needs to be done and more information about the detour.

Coming up, the contractor will be installing the remaining curb along the west side of Hainesville with sidewalk, asphalt, and landscaping.

The sewer crew will continue installing sewer along the north leg of IL Rte. 83. Hopefully, ComEd will have removed the last of the conflicting poles along IL Rte. 83 and we will be able to start building IL Rte. 83.

 

AUG 272014

Rollins Road Paving Begins

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor is preparing to pave new Rollins Road between Hainesville and the shopping centers during the first week of September. The through-lanes will be placed first, followed by the turn-lanes (which will take several days to complete), corner pieces, and any other miscellaneous sections. After that, new curb will go in and the new pavement will be ready for traffic sometime around the third week of September.

Once traffic is moved to the new Rollins pavement, there will be no turns allowed between IL Rte. 83 and Rollins Road because IL Rte. 83 will still be running on the temporary bridge over Rollins Road. Both roads will remain open for that period. A retaining wall must be constructed to allow the west half of IL Rte. 83 to be built. Part of this retaining wall is under temporary Rollins Road, so it cannot be built until traffic is switched and the temporary road removed. This work and the subsequent paving should take about 6-8 weeks to complete.

The sewer contractor will be placing new water main and sanitary sewer on the north leg of IL Rte. 83 in the next week. They will then begin placing storm sewer from Hook Drive to the south.

We are still waiting for ComEd to complete the relocation of a power pole that is in the way on the north leg of IL Rte. 83. We are hoping it will be gone by the time the sewer crew makes their way to it.

There are a handful of concrete pours to finish up the last of the railroad abutments. They should be completed in mid-September.


JUL 242014

Remaining Foundation Work Begins

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Work has begun on the remaining foundation work for the new railroad bridge abutments. These abutments will allow for the placement of a second bridge in the future, once the railroad opts to build a second track. The first step of this work involves driving steel H-piles. This should continue for the next two weeks.

The contractor has been removing the steel sheet piling near the new railroad bridge. You can now see the path where the new Rollins Road will pass under the new railroad bridge (and temp IL Rte 83 bridge).

Coming up, the contractor will continue working on the sewer and water on the east leg of Rollins Road and under the bridges. They also plan to start sidewalk and curb both on the west leg of Rollins Road and in the Jewel shopping center. Work on the west side of Hainesville, south of Clarendon has been pushed back to mid-August.

 

JUN 302014

Trains Running on New Track!

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

With trains now running on the new tracks, work on the rest of Rollins Road is underway.

Crews are excavating Rollins Road east of IL Rte 83. After another week or two of excavation, that side will be finished and the contractor can begin the underground sewer/water work. West of IL Rte 83, crews are still working on placing the steel sheet piling that will allow them to excavate. There should be another two to three weeks of work excavating and installing ground anchors. Then construction of the west half of the bridge abutment (and Rollins under the tracks) can begin.

Traffic was shifted on Hainesville. This will allow for the construction of the east half of the Rollins/Hainesville intersection as well as finishing up the curb and asphalt work on the south leg of Rollins.

Work will also continue on the retaining wall the IL Rte 83 and Hook for another few weeks.

 

JUN 232014

New Railroad Bridge Open to Traffic!

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The switch to the new track on Saturday was successful, and all traffic will be running in the new, permanent configuration. Work can now begin on completing Rollins Road between Hainesville and IL Rte. 83. The contractor will spend this week installing the remaining sheet piling. Once that’s installed, they will begin excavating down to the grades of the new road. That process should take about three weeks. At that point, the remaining work on the abutments can begin, followed by the new Rollins Road pavement under the bridge.

 

JUN 122014

Rollins Road Closure

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This weekend (June 13-16) Rollins Road will be closed at the railroad crossing. Hainesville and IL 83 will both remain open at all times.

This closure is to allow the CN railroad to install a temporary crossing on temporary Rollins Road. This will enable them to switch train service onto the new tracks the following weekend, June 21-22. We do not anticipate any closures then.

The closure will start at approximately 7 pm the on June 13. Crews will begin preparing that pavement through the night. We expect the road to be re-opened on Monday if the weather cooperates.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

 

APR 232014

Structural Steel Placement

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

On April, 22, the contractor successfully placed the two girders for the new railroad bridge. Over the next few weeks they will install the remaining structural steel and expect the bridge to be complete by the end of May. It will them be ready for the railroad to begin their track work. The contractor has also begun work on the south embankment for the new railroad track alignment in preparation for the railroad’s track work.

Work is continuing on the retaining walls north and south of the new bridge. Concrete will be placed over several different days in the upcoming weeks. Installation of new water main and storm sewers will continue to take place on south IL Rte 83 in the upcoming weeks.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

APR 112014

Steel Placement Begins

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Most of the concrete work for the railroad bridge abutments has been completed. The contractor will spend the next week preparing for the start of steel placement the week of April 21st. 

In the next week, the contractor will also begin installing additional steel sheeting to retain the embankment for the railroad tracks near the bridge abutments.

Sewer and water work will continue throughout the site. As the contractor completes the excavation for Rollins west of the tracks, they will begin preparing other areas for pavement, including the south leg of IL Rte 83.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

APR 12014

Bridge Footings Placement

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The contractor has successfully completed the first concrete placement for the bridge footings. They should complete the footings later this week and begin with the vertical sections of the abutments later this week.

The earthwork contractor has continued installation of storm sewer and begun installation of new water main west of the railroad tracks. They are also continuing to cut for the new Rollins roadbed west of the tracks.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

MAR 212014

Piling Installation

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Piling installation will continue through the week and hopefully wrap up by March 28.

Enough piles should be in place on March 24 to begin framing the footings of the bridge. The concrete placements for the footings will take place later in the week and the stem wall (vertical part of the abutment) will be placed the following week. During the concrete work, there will be a large number of concrete trucks entering and leaving the jobsite on north IL 83, so please be mindful.

The contractor has also begun installation of storm sewers and excavation for the new Rollins Road pavement west of the railroad tracks. You’ll be able to start seeing just how much the new road will be dropping east of Hainesville soon.

Work is still on pace to install the structural steel for the new bridge the week of April 21.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

MAR 122014

Continued Excavation

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This week, the contractor will continue to excavate material in the railroad bridge area. After they finish, they should be able to install the last of the ground anchors in this area by the end of the week. Once they pass inspection, the final bit of excavation can take place and the construction of the new bridge can begin.

The test piles were installed on March 5 and 6. As of now, we expect the work on the rest of the piles to begin this Friday, March 14. This work should take place over the next 12-14 days.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

MAR 32014

Continued Excavation and Test Pile

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Work continues on the railroad bridge excavation. The first level of material was removed last week, and the contractor began installing the ground anchors for the second level. There are significantly less anchors on the second (and third) level, so the contractor plans to be ready to excavate the second level of material by the end of this week.

The test pile work did not take place on March 1, but will instead be moved to March 5. We do still expect the production pile work to take place the weeks of March 10 and March 17. Please recall from last week that this operation typically generates a fair amount of noise and vibration. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to let us know.

This week, you may see work on removing old Rollins Road pavement. This is the first step in the long process of building the new roadway. As this week proceeds, we’ll let you know what’s happening.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

FEB 242014

Continued Excavation

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This week, the contractor will continue excavation for the new railroad bridge. By the end of the week, the second level of ground anchors should be installed. They will also continue removing the old Rollins Road pavement and may start with some storm sewer installation for the new Rollins.

On Saturday, March 1, the contractor is tentatively planning to drive test piles for the new bridge foundations. These piles will be H-sections, meaning their cross-section looks like a letter H, different from the sheet piles the contractor has driven to date. The contractor plans to hammer 40’ long sections into the ground, splicing on additional length as needed, until a satisfactory bearing strength is determined.

The purpose of the piles is to support the weight of the bridge and the train traffic into the soil below. The friction between the soil and the surface of the pile is what provides most of this support. If all goes well, the remaining piles for this stage of the work will be installed the weeks of March 10 and 17.

Please note that the piling operation is loud and creates vibrations as they are driven into the ground. If you notice this, please do not be alarmed; it is a normal part of this operation. If you do have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

 

FEB 142014

Railroad Crossing Signal Issues

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

We are experiencing a few issues with the railroad crossing signals at Rollins Road. A signal cable between Rollins and Hook was severed, so the signal gates cannot function normally. The railroad is treating this as an emergency situation, so it will be repaired as soon as practical. In the meantime, SB trains have been slowed during off-work hours to allow the detection equipment and the crossing to function normally. During working days, the railroad will have flaggers stationed at the crossing to stop cars and allow trains to run at normal speeds.

Work is continuing on the soil retention system. The first level of ground anchors is nearly complete. Some storm sewer and watermain work may begin in the next week or two if weather allows.

Progress has slowed somewhat, and we now expect the steel for the new rail bridge to be placed in late April.

Please see some of the new questions on our FAQ page.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

JAN 222014

Winter Work Continues

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This winter, work is continuing on the soil retention system near the railroad tracks. This system consists of the steel sheets you’ve probably seen being driven into the ground. These sheets are braced with steel beams, called whalers. Steel rods will be drilled into the earth behind the sheets and grouted into place.  These are called ground anchors, and they provide additional means on keeping the steel sheeting in place while the contractor excavates deeper.

In the next few weeks, this soil retention system will be completed and the remaining excavation for the new railroad bridge completed. Then, the steel pile foundations and reinforced concrete abutments for the new bridge will be completed. We expect this to happen by late-March, which is when the structural steel for the new bridge will be placed

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

NOV 272013

Rollins Road Closures are Finished

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Rollins Road is now open in both directions on the new temporary pavement! 

Traffic will be running on this temporary pavement throughout the winter and spring while we construct the new Rollins Road pavement, but you will continue to enjoy access to all the local businesses during construction.

Have a safe Thanksgiving!

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

 

NOV 222013

Rollins Road Closure

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

 

Rollins Road is now open between US 45 and IL Rte 83, with a fully functional intersection at IL Rte 83.

Rollins Road remains closed between IL Rte 83 and Hainesville to allow the railroad to complete their temporary track and grade crossing for Rollins Road. The railroad expects to switch service onto the temporary track on the morning of 11/24/13 and have the crossing completed and all signals operational by 11/27/13.

This means that the Rollins Road closure will end and all pavement will be reopened to traffic on 11/27/13

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

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Detour Information for the Rollins Road Closure. Please click HERE for more details.

 

NOV 122013

Rollins Road Closure Begins November 11

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Work has been moving smoothly during the detour in spite of the snow.

The contractor is continuing to work on building the IL Rte 83 embankment up to grade and completing the east leg of temporary Rollins Road. They should be paving those areas Friday and Saturday.

The contractor began setting the temporary bridge for IL Rte 83 today (11/12/13). The bridge should be in place in the next couple days. Once the bridge is in place, the guardrail will be set and tied to the bridge. 

In order to stay ahead of the weather, we tentatively plan to shift IL Rte. 83 traffic onto this new bridge on Sunday (11/17/13), and open Rollins Road east of IL Rte 83 on Monday (11/18/13). This will coincide with turning on the temporary traffic signal at Rollins Road and IL Rte 83.

The railroad is continuing their signal work and began mobilizing materials for their temporary track. They will begin building the track in the next couple days and complete welding the rails together over the weekend.

Please be sure to respect the local residents and businesses by following the posted detours and not using their parking lots as cut throughs. It creates a hazard for them, and as you may have noticed, doesn’t save much time as these roads are not designed for that kind of traffic.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

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NOV 112013

Rollins Road Closure Begins November 11

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Rollins Road is now closed between Hainesville and IL Rte 83, and IL Rte 83 and the east shopping center entrances. IL Rte 83 and the shopping center entrances will remain open at all times.

 
In the next few days, the contractor will begin assembling the temporary bridge to carry IL Rte 83 traffic. This bridge is expected to be complete and opened to traffic on 11/18/13, which will open Rollins Road east of IL Rte 83.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us

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Road Closures

Detour Information for the Rollins Road Closure. Please click HERE for more details.

 

OCT282013

Rollins Road Closure Begins November 11

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

 

Road Closures

On November 11, Rollins Road will be closed for two weeks from the east side of IL Rte 83 and Hainesville Road. IL Rte 83 will remain open. A detour route will be posted and can be seen on our Detours page. Please follow the posted route and respect the local residents. All local businesses will remain open and all entrances will be accessible from either IL Rte 83 or Rollins Road.

Prior to the Rollins closure, traffic on Hainesville will be shifted to its new configuration on November 8, 2013 as well as the new entrances to the east shopping centers (Jewel/Hobby Lobby/Garden Fresh Market/Mrs. V’s).

This week (Oct. 28), asphalt pavement will be placed on temporary Rollins Road through Gateway Park.  Concrete pavement for the new shopping center entrances and Hainesville re-alignment will be placed as well. The permanent concrete pavement will stop short of its final placement and switch to asphalt for the temporary configuration. Paving of the remainder of temporary Rollins Road and IL Rte 83 will take place the first week of November.

You may have seen a large machine driving steel sheeting into the ground at the NE/SE corners of Rollins and IL Rte 83. Those are the foundations for the temporary IL Rte 83 bridge that will be installed the first week of the Rollins closure. This bridge will allow us to build the new Rollins/IL Rte 83 intersection at the lower elevation while maintaining traffic on IL Rte 83. Concrete abutments for that bridge will be placed in the upcoming week. Sheeting will be placed for retaining walls at the railroad bridge and tracks.

The railroad is expected to begin their work this week (Oct. 28) also, including installation of the temporary track and signals for the temporary crossing of Rollins Road.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

OCT212013

Traffic Singal Removal

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

On Monday, October 21, 2013 the traffic signals at Rollins Road and Mallard Creek will be removed.  Traffic on Mallard Creek will have a stop sign, but Rollins Road traffic will not be stopped here at all. Please use caution and obey all traffic control devices. Note that Clarendon continues to be closed west of Hainesville to allow for the construction of the new Hainesville alignment.

Next week, paving and drainage work will continue at the new Rollins Plaza and Mallard Creek entrances.  Drainage work will also commence on relocated Hainesville with paving the new alignment the following week.

If weather allows, asphalt for temporary Rollins Road will be placed next week as well.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

OCT142013

Closures - Clarendon Road & PNC Bank Entrance

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

We have a number of activates planned for the jobsite in the next week. The crews are continuing to work on building up the embankment for the temporary roads. They will start this work along the east side of IL Rte. 83, now that the buildings have been demolished.

Part of this work will include work at the shopping centers on the east side of IL Rte. 83. Please note that the entrance near the former PNC Bank will be closing on 10/14/13 and the sign removed. The driveway south of there will still be maintained to allow access to this parking lot. There will also be a traffic shift on IL Rte. 83 this week to help facilitate this work.

On Friday, October 18, 2013, Clarendon Road will be closed west of Hainesville to facilitate the construction of the newly aligned Hainesville Road. Hainesville will remain open, but shifted slightly onto the temporary pavement built earlier this year.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

OCT72013

Work on Gateway Park continues

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This week, embankment work in Gateway Park will continue to build the ground so that it is up to the level of the new temporary Rollins Road.

Gateway Park drainage work will begin with temporary storm sewers for Rollins Road and permanent pipe for Hainesville. The crews will continue to work to the east and eventually install drainage for the new entrances to the shopping centers.

Work at the shopping centers will also continue.  Again, please visit our Local Business page for more information. This work is expected to be completed within four weeks with brand new entrances opened to traffic. To complete this work, there may be intermittent lane closures on Rollins Road .

On October 18th, Clarendon will be closed between Hainesville and William Roads. This is to allow for the construction of the newly aligned Hainesville Road pavement. By November 8th, Clarendon and new Hainesville Road will be open to traffic. Hainesville Road will not permanetly colose; just shift west.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

SEP302013

Work on Mallard Creek and Rollins Plaza Begins

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This week, work is scheduled to begin on the new entrances for the Mallard Creek (N. of Rollins Road at Hainesville Road) and Rollins Plaza (E. of IL 83 N. and S. of Rollins Road) shopping centers. Access to all these businesses is still open, so please continue to support them during construction. See our Support Local Business Page for more details. This work should take a few weeks to complete. Until then, all existing entrances are still open. Again, please let me know if you have any access issues.

Work in Gateway Park is continuing. Utilities are still working on relocations. The designer has come up with a solution for the soil conditions that have slowed us down, so you will be seeing work progress through those areas and embankment starting to build up through the park in the next week.

The live construction cameras have gone online this week. You can see an image of the work, on the main page of the project website, www.rollinsroadgateway.com. If you click on the image, it will take you to all the images, updated every half hour, that you zoom in on. There will also be a time-lapse video available once enough images have been taken.

The two-week closure of Rollins Road will not take place in October; we anticipate it happening in November.  As details become clear, we will pass them along to you so you can be prepared.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

SEP232013

Embankment and Utility Relocations

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

On 9/21/13, embankment started to go in for the temporary railroad track, or 'shoofly' as it’s known. This temporary track will shift trains slightly to the west, allowing us to build the new bridge over Rollins this winter.

In the next week, you will continue to see demolition on the existing buildings. This should wrap up shortly, clearing the way for the temporary pavement. 

Utilities are also continuing their relocation. NICOR is completing their installation of a new 20” gas main beneath IL 83, south of Rollins. Because the grade of IL 83 will be lowered, this new line was required to ensure the gas line was safely below the new IL 83 pavement. To install the pipe, a hole was bored underground, and the new pipe pulled through it.  Because of the depth, and to safely pass under the railroad tracks, the machine that did this had to start all the way west of Hainesville in Gateway Park. NICOR will continue work to tie this into their existing system and relocate some of the smaller distribution lines.

Com Ed started working on some of their relocations as well. They will start with a few minor moves so that some high priority conflicting poles can be moved, and push their own conduit under the railroad in the weeks to come.

Documentation cameras are being set up for the site. With these, you will be able to get images of the work progressing from two points of view throughout the project. Please be on the lookout for an update once these are up and running.

In the first week of October, the contractor plans to start the construction of the new entrances to Rollins Plaza (the shopping center north and south of Rollins, east of IL 83). The local businesses will remain open during construction. Please check our Local Business page on the website for more information on the stores and what entrances are active. If you encounter any problems with access to the stores due to construction, please let me know.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

SEP32013

Building Abatement and Traffic Signal updates

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

By the end of the week, the contractor will begin abatement in the buildings slated for demolition.  Actual demolition should take place the following week, depending on how quickly the abatement is finished.

The electricians will continue working on the adjustments to the traffic signals at Rollins and IL 83. Some of the equipment on the east side of IL 83 is being shifted out of the way to allow the contractor to build the temporary bridge for IL 83 later this fall.

For the moment, the work in Gateway Park is on hold to deal with poor soil conditions and locate utilities.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

AUG192013

Asphalt Paving of Temporary Hainesville Road

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

The asphalt paving of temporary Hainesville and the bike path in Gateway Park will take place early this week.  Earth excavation in the park will continue, including construction of the new bike path. Some traffic signal work may start at Rollins and IL 83.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

AUG122013

Work Begins on Hainesville Road

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

Next week (week of 8/12/13), work will begin on Hainesville Road. This work will consist of placing temporary pavement. When traffic switches onto this new pavement in the weeks to come, we will be able to build the new pavement to realign Hainesville Road.

Also, some early realignment of the path in Gateway Park will take place next week, along with the start of earth excavation.

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

AUG52013

Clearing Operations Scheduled to Begin

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

This week, clearing operations are tentatively scheduled to begin. We also expect to see the installation of some erosion control measures.

The week of August 12, earthwork in the area of Gateway Park has been scheduled. There is also a tentative plan for the prestage work on Hainesville to begin. The primary purpose of this work will be to install 300 feet of temporary pavement on the east side of Hainesville, south. of Clarendon. In the upcoming weeks, this is where traffic will be diverted to allow the realignment work on Hainesville to begin. Check back here to find out when that traffic switch will take place

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

JUL222013

Public Open House Scheduled

Rollins Road Gateway Construction

 

“The Lake County Division of Transportation is hosting a public open house to kick-off the construction phase of the Rollins Road Gateway Project. During the open house, LCDOT and the onsite construction managers will be there to answer questions and provide information regarding the construction schedule and phasing plan as well as the traffic control measures that will be undertaken to help improve safety and reduce congestion during construction.

The event will take place at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center on July 31, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm.  Please come out and meet us!

If you have any questions or need more information, please Contact Us.”

 

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