Limits: The intersection of IL 59 and Grand Avenue in the Village of Fox Lake
Description: Intersection reconstruction at IL 59 and Grand Avenue that realigns Washington Avenue to meet IL 59 south of Grand Avenue which includes a new intersection connecting to Grant Community High School. IL 59-Grand will have left turn lanes on three legs and a southbound right turn lane. Left-turn lanes will be on all legs at IL 59-Washington with a southbound right-turn lane into the high school. The project includes sidewalks and multi-use paths.
Project Background: The intersection has several existing deficiencies which include traffic congestion and the lack of left-turn lanes on IL 59 which lead to difficulty maneuvering the intersection. The roads are both on a skew, making it difficult to manage the intersection. Traffic at this intersection is a combination of local, regional and recreational traffic. Adjacent businesses, schools and public facilities, such as the Police, Fire and the Public Works Department all utilize this intersection on a daily basis. An external dedicated website was developed during the planning phases of the project, visit www.IL59andGrand.com to view background information and public meeting materials.
Chris Allen, Resident Engineer
Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers
Thomas Somodji, Project Manager
Lake County Division of Transportation
600 W Winchester Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048
Coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation has resulted in the expansion of the project limits. The south limit on IL 59 has been pushed to Devlin Road. This will allow the roadway be consistently three lanes (one lane in each direction with a center turn lane) as IL 59 proceeds from Devlin Road at the south up through Grand Avenue. We’ve been busy collecting data and revising the proposed design to accommodate the expanded project footprint