Wilson Rd: at Nippersink Rd
Limits: .25-mile in each direction from the intersection of Wilson Rd and Nippersink Rd in Round Lake and Grant Township
Description: This project consists of pavement reconstruction with a new signalized intersection, retaining wall on NW and SE corners, and a shared-use path along the south side of Nippersink Rd and east side of Wilson Rd north of Nippersink Rd, pavement markings and related work.
8/28/2019 The contractor has completed the paving of the final surface. Work to touch-up the aggregate shoulders is underway. Operations to stripe the newly paved roadway are expected to begin 8/30/19 and continue after the Labor Day holiday. The new signal at the intersection is scheduled to be activated during the day on Thursday 9/5/19. There will be four message boards, one on each approach to the intersection, announcing the signal activation date to motorists. Miscellaneous work onsite will remain onsite including landscaping, final touch-ups and general cleanup. The work zone speed limit will remain in place.
Coming weeks: The traffic signal will be activated, and miscellaneous work will continue to wrap the project up.
Traffic impacts: Traffic signal to be activated 9/5/19. Work Zone Speed Limit to remain in place. Traffic Delays expected to be minimal.
Paul Guardi, Resident Engineer
Field Office 224-225-6254
Matt Emde, Project Manager
Lake County Division of Transportation
600 W Winchester Rd
Libertyville, Illinois 60048-1381
8/19/2019 - The contractor has completed the removal of the existing surface. Traffic is now in its permanent configuration with each approach having a dedicated left-turn lane. A corrective layer of asphalt has also been placed to improve transitions into curves and widened pavement. Preparations for final surface paving are happening -- longitudinal joint sealant has been placed where the paving joints will be. This material drastically improves the joint and keeps it from deteriorating. Final surface paving will begin this week, once completed, the final striping will be put in place.
8/5/2019 - The contractor has completed most of the landscaping onsite. The signal poles and arms have been installed and an activation date will be scheduled once power has been provided. Crews are continuing to prepare the site for the milling of the existing pavement scheduled for the week of 8/5/19. Following the milling, a corrective layer of asphalt will be placed in selective areas to prepare the site for the final surface. Thick rubberized material will be placed where pavement seams are planned in the final surface.
7/16/2019 - The contractor is continuing to construct the north Wilson Rd shared-use path. Crews have installed the posts for the fence along the shared-use path. The remaining concrete curb & gutter and concrete strip under the fence is planned to be poured this week. Following the installation of concrete, the remaining preparations will be made for the paving of the path. Work on the new traffic signal will continue, including the standing of the new poles.
7/2/2019 - The contractor is continuing to construct the north Wilson Rd shared-use path. Crews will begin to install the fence posts along the path, followed by the installation of a small strip of concrete below the fence and the remaining concrete curb & gutter. Fence panels will then be installed and the remaining portions of the shared-use path paved. Crews will continue to wrap up landscape restoration and building the traffic signal.
6/17/2019 - The contractor has completed the lane shift for Wilson Road. North and southbound traffic is now using the permanent pavement on the west side of the roadway. Crews have begun removing temporary pavement and will begin constructing the embankment for the new multi-use path. Curb & gutter will also be installed where pavement is removed. The contractor will continue to work on the new traffic signal and landscaping this week. A small section of existing pavement remains in the intersection and will be replaced when the remaining pieces of the multi-use path are paved. Fencing will be installed on top of both concrete walls and along the north Wilson Path.
6/1/2019 - The contractor has completed the backfilling of the new curb & gutter. Crews will complete the fine grading of the new roadway base and pave it this week. This paving will include a large portion of the East Nippersink Road multi-use path. Following the paving, the contractor will prepare for a traffic stage change scheduled to happen the week of June 10th. Wilson Road traffic will be shifted onto the west side of the newly constructed pavement. Remaining work on the east side of Wilson Road including the multi-use path will begin. Signal work is expected to resume with the stage change. Various landscaping work will continue on-site.
5/15/2019 - The contractor has completed the staining/painting of the north & south Wilson Rd walls. A clear coat to preserve the coloring was also applied to both walls. This work was delayed significantly by the frequency of rain. Once the clear coat was applied to the north wall the grading & backfilling behind it was started but delayed by continued heavy rainfall events. Pumps have been running 24/7 to manage the amount of water. Crews are expected to finish the backfilling of the wall by 5/17/19. The contractor has begun string-lining for the new curb to be installed on Wilson Rd and west Nippersink Rd. Curb & gutter is expected to be installed the week of 5/20/19 (weather dependent). This work will be followed by the backfilling of the curb and eventual paving of the new roadway. The Nippersink Rd multi-use path will be paved in this sequence but will remain inaccessible until further work is completed.
4/29/2019 - The contractor has completed the excavation and seeding of the wetland area extension in the southeast corner. Trees will be planted in this area as part of the project. The contractor is finishing up the staining/painting of the north Wilson Rd wall, and has also begun staining/painting the south Wilson Rd wall. Final touch-up and a sealant coat on the north wall will be applied as weather allows. Once complete, the contractor will grade behind the north wall and landscape the area. Following that work, the contractor will begin to final grade the already placed aggregate base for the new roadway. This will prepare for the installation of the new curb & gutter.
4/4/2019 - The contractor has completed the installation of all storm sewer onsite. Crews have also completed the excavation work and placing of the new recycled concrete/asphalt roadway base. Stone base for the new multi-use path is currently being placed. Final ditching and erosion control measures are currently being worked on. Crews have also begun dewatering the area along the north Wilson Road wall in preparation for the staining and sealing of the concrete wall.
3/18/19 - The contractor has begun installing the last round of storm sewer and will stay onsite until it is completed. Crews have completed pavement removal and are scheduled to begin final grading on east Nippersink Road. The contractor will also begin prepping for paving of the bike path in that same location.
2/26/19 - The contractor will begin to deliver equipment needed for work scheduled to begin on Wednesday March 6, 2019. The contractor will begin to remove all temporary and existing pavement in the closed lanes. This work will allow for the contractor to immediately begin installing the remaining storm sewer and begin constructing the new roadway and multi-use path. All work is weather dependent.
2/6/19 - After initial utility relocation delays in 2018, the contractor completed about 70% of the project before readying the site for winter shutdown. The contractor plans to resume work in early March, weather permitting. Onsite work will focus on preliminary drainage and aggregate base items to be ready for the opening of asphalt plants in early May.
1/4/19 - The contractor completed the concrete structure of the north Wilson wall in November, and final preparations to ready the site for winter weather conditions and snow plowing operations were made.
After initial utility relocation delays in 2018, the contractor was able to complete about 70% of the project. Work will resume on site in the spring as weather permits. The plan is to work on preliminary drainage and aggregate base items to be ready for the opening of asphalt plants in early May.11/15/18 - Due to seasonal weather conditions, the contractor has entered a partial winter shutdown on the site. The contractor has been working on preparing the site for winter conditions and will continue to do so.
Concrete wall work on the north wall will continue as conditions allow. If conditions hold up, the concrete wall work is expected to be complete early December.
10/30/18 - The contractor has completed the necessary work to shift traffic on both Wilson Rd and Nippersink Rd. Wilson Rd south of Nippersink Rd has shifted to the east along the newly constructed curb and wall. Eastbound lanes of Nippersink Rd have been shifted north to share a common yellow centerline with westbound lanes. Pavement removal in the work areas will begin the week of 10/29/18. The former Nippersink Rd eastbound lane will become the location of a new multi-use path.
Coming weeks: The contractor plans to install the remaining storm sewer following the removal of the existing and temporary pavement. Crews will continue working the north wall until completed. Crews will also continue to excavate and grade roadway embankments, weather permitting.
Traffic impacts: Watch for workers and flaggers. Watch for trucks coming in and out of the jobsite. Expect delays. Please use caution and follow signage as a new traffic pattern is in place.
10/12/18 - The contractor has continued working in the middle workzone on Nippersink Rd. The new roadway base has been placed. Work will continue to grade the new stone in preparation for new concrete curb. Final preparations are also being made on south Wilson Rd for the installation of the new concrete curb along the recently finished wall. The contractor will be moving forms and other equipment to the north wall so that construction of the concrete wall facing can begin. Recent heavy rains have significantly slowed progress onsite due to many low-lying areas that we need to access in the project.
9/11/18 - The contractor has completed the majority of the storm sewer work for this stage of the project. Crews have excavated and began building the base for the pavement. The contractor expects to finish placing the roadway base and begin prepping for the new concrete curb this week. Following curb installation, paving of the new roadway will begin. Crews will continue to form and pour the south retaining wall. Once completed they expect to begin on the north wall. Final landscaping will also begin as parts of the new roadway are installed.
8/22/18 - The contractor has shifted Nippersink Road Traffic to the south onto the temporary pavement. The contractor plans to immediately begin removing the existing Nippersink Road pavement and placing the new stone base. Storm sewer work will also resume on Nippersink Road. Crews will continue to set forms for the south Wilson Road retaining wall and will begin pouring the concrete facing of the wall. This work is expected to last several weeks.
Paving work is underway on Wilson Road in preparation to shift traffic to the east side.
7/10/18 - The contractor has shifted Wilson Rd traffic to the west to allow for the installation of the south retaining wall. The installation of steel in the southeast corner is complete and will continue south along the east side of Wilson Rd. Storm sewer crews are expected to resume work in the closed lanes this week.
Coming weeks: Work will continue on the south retaining wall. Work in the southeast corner will be accelerated to place lightweight concrete fill and pave the remaining portion of the Nippersink Rd temporary pavement. Once completed, Nippersink traffic will be shifted to the south. The traffic shifts allow for the installation of storm sewer and the building of the new permanent pavement.
6/19/18 - The contractor has completed pouring the lightweight concrete at the North Wilson Road retaining wall location and the Nippersink Road location.
Progress continues on the construction of the temporary roadway for the first traffic shift. Once the lightweight concrete has enough strength, the temporary roadway will be paved on both Wilson Road and Nippersink Road. Traffic is expected to shift to the new traffic pattern in the next one to two weeks.
Coming weeks: The temporary roadway will be constructed allowing for Wilson Rd traffic to shift west, and Nippersink Rd traffic to shift south. This staging allows for the construction of the south Wilson Rd retaining wall with less traffic impacts. It will also allow for the widening of the east side of Wilson Rd and north side of Nippersink Rd.
5/18/18 - The contractor has completed the drilling and setting of the major north Wilson Rd. retaining wall structure. They will return to the site in the coming weeks to complete the retaining wall underground structure in the southeast corner of the project.
Nicor gas removed most of their retired pipe this past week and will have to return in the future to remove one other minor conflict.
Progress continues onsite as the contractor has begun the removal of topsoil and has begun grading for the temporary roadway. Work on the storm sewer began this week. The recent heavy rains delayed progress for a few days, but the crew is back on track.
Coming weeks: The temporary roadway will be constructed allowing for Wilson Rd traffic to shift west and Nippersink Rd traffic to shift south. This staging allows for the construction of the south Wilson Rd retaining wall with less traffic impacts. It will also allow for the widening of the east side of Wilson Rd and north side of Nippersink Rd.
4/20/18 - The contractor began drilling for the piles which make up the new retaining wall on the north end of Wilson this week. Drilling will likely continue for the next few weeks. Due to the size of the beams, loads lifted by cranes and constant clean up from the drilling, heavy traffic delays are expected to continue during this stage. Once the north wall piles are installed, the contractor will then move to the southeast corner of the intersection to begin the first part of the south wall.
3/9/18 - Extensive utility relocation is underway. AT&T is in process of removing old poles and wires. Nicor expects to complete gas line relocation by the week of 3/19/18, weather permitting. When utility relocations are complete, the contractor (Berger Excavating) will begin setting up traffic control and erosion control measures. North retaining wall construction will follow on the west side of Wilson just north of Nippersink. Pavement reconstruction work can then be scheduled and started.