Traffic Flow

Keeping traffic moving is an important goal of the project, both during and after construction. There are a number of techniques utilized that will help accomplish this.

Temporary Pavement

A key feature of this project will be the installation of 25,000 square-yard of temporary pavement. A temporary Rollins Road will be built south of the existing pavement as well as a temporary IL Rte 83 to the east. The temporary pavement allows over 80% of the work to be constructed separately from traffic.

 

Separating traffic from construction will help reduce delays. There will be less interference from construction vehicles and activities and less of a distraction to drivers. This also allows for the same number of lanes open to traffic as there were prior to the start of construction.

Temporary Bridge

A temporary bridge will be an interesting feature on the temporary IL Rte. 83. Because the intersection will be lowered and train traffic must be maintained within three feet of the existing elevation, it would not be possible to construct everything on temporary pavement while keeping all lanes open to traffic. 

Instead, IL Rte. 83 will be placed on a temporary bridge crossing Rollins Road. This allows the new Rollins Road pavement to be built without any interference from IL Rte. 83 traffic. Also, the new pavement for IL Rte. 83 can be constructed at its lower elevation, while traffic is maintained on the bridge.

Increased Queuing

Traffic engineers use queuing to describe the line of cars waiting for a traffic signal to change. Anyone trying to make a left turn from Rollins Road onto IL Rte 83 knows how overfilled the turn lanes can get. To ease this, Hainesville Road and the Rollins Plaza entrances will be shifted away from IL Rte. 83, as early as the opening of the temporary roads.

This will allow for far longer turn lanes for IL Rte. 83. It also increases the likelihood of a vehicle successfully making it through the intersection on the first turn arrow, and decreases the chance of getting stuck at two different intersections in a row. There will also be two left turn lanes in each direction, plus a new right turn lane. This will further separate turning vehicles from through vehicles, helping all vehicles flow through the intersection faster.

Shifted Intersection


Communication

Drivers can keep informed throughout the project. There will be signs, clearly marked detour routes, and message boards on site to let drivers know where to go and when to expect changes.

Lake County’s PASSAGE
website and 1620 AM have up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information about this area and the rest of Lake County. Of course, this website will also have frequent updates notifying travelers of upcoming events and traffic changes.