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 shared-use path along south side of Nippersink Rd and east side of Wilson Rd north of Nippersink Rd, pavement markings and related work.
Paul Guardi, Resident Engineer
Matt Emde, Project Manager
Lake County Division of Transportation
600 W Winchester RdLibertyville, Illinois 60048-1381
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.