Limits: Wadsworth Rd, beginning approximately 1500 feet east of Dilley's Rd (abutting the proposed intersection improvement) and continuing east to the Canadian Pacific railroad. The project will omit the US41 intersection.
Description: Safety improvement to widen and resurface Wadsworth Rd, construct a frontage road and make repairs to the bridge over the Des Plaines River. Work will consist of earth excavation; the construction of storm sewer; aggregate subgrade; and concrete curb and gutter; pavement surface removal; hot-mix asphalt paving; the installation of guardrail; pavement markings and landscaping; and other related items.
8/15/2020 - The contractor has completed the paving of the final surface on both Wadsworth Rd and the new Frontage Rd. Final pavement markings have been installed. This includes the new bike lanes. Final landscaping has been completed, but touch-ups remain. Sidewalk & signal work at US 41/Wadsworth Rd is currently waiting for permit approval from IDOT. Once approved the remaining sidewalk and new traffic detection equipment will be installed. New guardrail has been installed and only minor misc. items remain.
Paul Guardi, Resident Engineer
Lake County Division of Transportation
600 W Winchester Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048-1381
8/10/2020 - The contractor has completed the bridge repairs and the roadway is open to both eastbound and westbound traffic. The contractor has completed the removal of the existing surface and paved the first layer of asphalt. Bike lanes have been constructed on both sides of the roadway, along with the widening near US 41. The frontage road is now open to traffic and the old entrance has been shut off with a new curb and sidewalk. A new retaining wall was installed along the frontage Rd. All sidewalks and curb are completed onsite with the exception of the work proposed on IDOT’s property (Waiting for permit approval). A large stone was installed on the north side of the roadway embankment to help prevent future erosion from the Des Plaines River. Crews are scheduled to widen the shoulders west of US 41, make final preparations for the final surface and begin installing a topsoil/compost mix. Once the final surface is paved new permanent pavement markings will be installed to delineate the new bike lanes and turn lane configurations
8/3/2020 - Wadsworth Rd is now open to all (eastbound and westbound) traffic at the Des Plaines River bridge.
7/8/2020 - Crews closed the Eastbound lane and shifted the westbound lanes at the bridge. Eastbound traffic should use the posted detour. Crews will begin removing the concrete for the patches and new bridge expansion joint this week. Crews will simultaneously begin removing the shoulder of the eastbound lanes and constructing the new bike lane. Once the bridge work on the south side of the bridge is complete, crews will then shift the westbound lane to the other side of the bridge and repeat the process. The contractor is scheduled to begin prepping for the new curb and gutter on the frontage road. Once the frontage is paved traffic will be moved to it and the existing entrance removed
6/26/2020 - Crews have completed the excavation and storm sewer for the new Frontage Rd. The contractor has begun placing the new roadway base stone and will complete it after a utility is moved. The installation of a new curb will follow. Eastbound Wadsworth Rd at the Des Plaines River will close July 7th at 7 AM for 28 Days. The westbound lane will remain open for the duration of the closure. The closure is necessary to make repairs to the bridge. During the closure, crews are scheduled to begin constructing the new eastbound bike lane
5/2020 - A pre-construction meeting will be held Friday 5/22/2020. This project has a one-way detour (28-Day closure beginning in July) for eastbound Wadsworth traffic over the Des Plaines River Bridge to make repairs. Work on the new frontage Rd is expected to begin the week of 6/15/2020. This work will include installing erosion control fencing, excavation, and the prepping of the new stone base.
4/16/2020 - The project was let April 14, 2020. A pre-construction meeting will be held Friday 5/22/2020. This project has a one-way detour (28-Day closure beginning in June) for eastbound Wadsworth traffic over the Des Plaines River Bridge to make repairs.
3/31/2020 - The project is expected to be let in April.