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Description: The IL 59/Grand intersection has several existing deficiencies, which include congestion and lack of left-turn lanes on IL 59 which lead to difficulty in maneuvering the intersection. Also, 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 Public Works Department all utilize this intersection on a daily basis.
The final Public Meeting was held on May 10, 2017 where the preferred alternative was presented. This plan proposes to reroute Washington Avenue south of the intersection of IL 59 and Grand Avenue, creating a new signalized intersection with IL 59 and the Grant Community High School Entrance.
The project team submitted the final project report to the Illinois Department of Transportation for Phase I design and was approved. Lake County applied for federal funding to assist in financing this project. The project team is currently finalizing engineering drawings.
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