A press release from the Village of Lakewood:
2015 Lakewood Road/Lake Ave Improvement Project Update
As highlighted in previous Village newsletters and public meetings, the Village has been awarded federal grant funding for constructing bike lanes and resurfacing Lakewood Road from Ackman Road to Haligus Road and Lake Avenue from Huntley Road to the west Village limits.
The bid was awarded to Curran Contracting Company, who anticipates the project starting on or before May 1st, with construction to be completed by late Fall 2015.
The construction currently occurring along these same roadways is related to a Nicor Gas utility project to relocate their gas main to allow the Village’s improvements to be completed.
The gas main relocation on Lakewood Road is scheduled to be completed in early May, and the gas main relocation on Lake Ave. should be completed in mid/late May.
Nicor currently is working on both roadways with multiple crews to complete the installations as quickly as possible.
The roadways will remain open to two-way traffic with flaggers to assist in guiding traffic through the construction zone during Nicor’s work.
Protective construction fencing, barrels and cones are being utilized to block off any excavations that have been made, but please still use caution around the work areas.
Open excavations are required for the connection of the new gas main to the existing, and should be filled in soon after connections are completed.
All installations and work is occurring in the public right of way, and Nicor has hired a surveyor to mark these limits to eliminate any confusion.
The Village’s road construction project that will commence on or about May 1 includes widening the existing pavement 3’ to 4’ on both sides of the road and resurfacing the entire pavement.
Pavement markings will be used to delineate 4’ bike lanes and 10’ travel lanes, as well as reflective markers along the curves on Lakewood Road.
No changes to the alignments of the existing curves are anticipated.
The addition of the bike lanes will require that the existing ditches be regraded, and/or filled in and replaced with parkway inlets and storm sewer.
Restoration will be performed at the conclusion of the project and will include the replacement of eleven trees.
A guardrail will be installed on Lakewood Road where the culvert crosses under Lakewood Road to minimize the impacts to adjacent wetlands.
The Village expects this project will also assist in correcting the low spot at the far west end of Lake Avenue that floods regularly and causes standing water on the pavement for extended periods, as well as correcting other nuisance drainage problems.
There will be much construction activity during this time.
However, the roadways will remain open to two-way traffic, by using flaggers to guide traffic through the construction zone.
There will be short periods of time when access to and from properties located adjacent to the construction site will be limited.
The Village, contractor, and/or the Village’s engineering consultant will attempt to provide notice prior to these access restrictions.
For regular status updates throughout the project or for further information, please visit the Construction Projects page of the Village’s website, village.lakewood.il.us.
Exhibits have been made available for download on the website and are also available at Village Hall.
Residents with an interest in being emailed with construction updates are encouraged to forward their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any additional questions or concerns can be directed to Deputy Village Manager Shannon Andrews at (815) 459-3025.