Work continues on the Deerfield Road Reconstruction Project with contractors starting to install new traffic signals this past week and paving operations beginning next week. Paving will require some rolling lane closures with flaggers directing traffic.
Below is an update on work starting on the west end of the project and moving east.
Deerfield Road Bridge
This Saturday, weather permitting, the contractor will install the weather-proofing membrane on the bridge west of the Metra underpass. The bridge will be paved next week. Before the bridge is completed, crews will perform crack sealing and pavement marking on Deerfield Road between Wilmot and Chestnut while the detour is still in place. Once the bridge work is completed, the detour will move east, with motorists using Chestnut Street to get around the downtown road closure.
Deerfield Road Between Metra Underpass and Waukegan Road
Electric crews started work on the new traffic signal foundations. Due to complications with an old, buried gas main, the opening of Deerfield Road between Waukegan and the Metra Underpass is delayed and will now open after Labor Day. The gas main was in the way of the road work, preventing grading and pavement operations. Northshore Gas expedited work to replace the main, which will allow the contractor to finish the sub-grade next week.
Deerfield Road East of Waukegan Road
The contractor has nearly completed operation at the intersection of Kipling Place and Deerfield Road. The intersection will re-open Monday morning in time for the first day of school on August 22. On Monday, they will start paving the southernmost lane starting at Rosemary Terrace and going east. This will require a rolling lane closure with flaggers directing traffic. This will cause traffic delays. Police will have extra staff around Kipling during this time to help manage school traffic. Carlisle will be reduced to outbound traffic only during this paving operation. Kings Cove and Colony Point residents will have to use Carriage Way to enter their subdivision. The contractor plans to move traffic to the new, southern lanes in mid- to late-September.
There will be daily lane closures on Waukegan Road at Deerfield Road in the coming days resulting in a reduction of travel lanes on Waukegan Road. These closures will be from 9:00am – 3:00pm and will be taking place this Friday and also Monday and Tuesday of next week. Eastbound access to Deerfield Road will be maintained. These closures will present delays for motorists. The tentative schedule of closures, which is always subject to change without notice, is provided below.
8:00am - NB Turn lane @ Waukegan & Deerfield Rd
9:30am to Noon – Lane 2 NB Waukegan @ Deerfield
3:00pm - All lanes back open.
8:00am to 3:00pm - NB Turn lane @ Waukegan & Deerfield Rd
9:00am to 3:00pm – SB left turn lane on Waukegan @ Deerfield Rd
Be advised that due to the Kipling intersection closure at Deerfield Road, using Longfellow/Kipling as a local cut through is not possible. We appreciate your patience during these required operations.
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