Rollins Rd: W of Fairfield Rd
Limits: .5 mile west of Fairfield Rd in unincorporated Lake County near Grant Woods Forest Preserve
Description: This project will replace a large culvert carrying Eagle Creek into Long Lake. An estimated 2-week closure will be necessary to complete the work.
Lake County, IL - The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is currently replacing the Eagle Creek culvert on Rollins Road, requiring a road closure from Fairfield Road to Wilson Road. Due to continued complications at the site, the closure has been extended. The latest estimate for the contractor to safely reopen the road is now Friday, Nov. 30 (weather permitting).
We know that the motorists who depend on this road have run out of patience, and we are doing everything we can to get the road back open. While we take great pride in delivering road improvements on schedule, occasionally we have projects that don’t go according to plan. This project is an example of one where anything that could go wrong – did.
The main disruption to the original schedule was an unforeseen utility conflict. The original plan was for the contractor to work on both ends of the culvert simultaneously, but the utility conflict made it so that the contractor had to work on one end first, and the other end second - basically doubling the initial schedule. After that, delays due to weather, equipment issues and a car crashing into the jobsite caused major complications and disrupted the schedule.
There are many things we build into our contracts to protect the public from unnecessary delays. In this case, LCDOT and the contractor are working through the various issues that have disrupted the project schedule and we will open the road as quickly as we can and when it is safe to do so..
Detour Route: Fairfield Road to IL 134 to Wilson Road. Local traffic will have access on Rollins Road from Elm Avenue west to Wilson Road and from Grove Avenue east to Fairfield Road.
Matt Mitchell, Resident Engineer
Lake County Division of Transportation
600 W Winchester Rd
Libertyville, Illinois 60048-1381
LCDOT is currently replacing the Eagle Creek culvert on Rollins Road, requiring a road closure from Fairfield Road to Wilson Road. Due to various delays at the work site from utility conflicts to weather, and other unforeseen circumstances, the closure has been extended. The contractor will not be able to safely reopen the road until Friday, Nov. 16 (weather permitting). We realize this is an inconvenience to motorists and we ask for your continued patience as they work to complete the project.