LAKE COUNTY, IL - The Lake County Division of Transportation will complete $94 million in road projects across the county in 2017. This past week, local transportation officials announced roads that are slated for reconstruction and resurfacing this year.

Two of the main projects, which got underway in 2016 and are continuing into this year, is the grade separation, widening and reconstruction of Washington Street and the reconstruction of Deerfield Road. Construction work on Washington Street is currently underway between Washington and North Lake streets in Grayslake to Washington Street just west of Hainesville Road in Round Lake Park.

The Deerfield Road project is a joint project with the village of Deerfield and the city of Highland Park. Both the Deerfield Road project and the Washington Street project are funded by $56 million in funds carried over from 2016.

In total, the Lake County Division of Transportation will have 28 active construction projects this year.

New this year is is an expansion project to reconstruct and widen Cedar Lake Road from Route 120 to Nippersink Road, according to Lake County DOT officials. The plan is to reconstruct the road from 2 lanes to 3 lanes of pavement to accommodate a center turn lane. This project will include a new multi-use path with a connection to the Forest Preserve. In 2017, much of the construction for this project will be limited to a large culvert replacement with a road closure, utility relocation, and other off-road work. The main roadway work will begin in 2018, according to the news release.

Also on the schedule for this year there will be several operational improvement projects. Operational improvement projects include intersection improvements, traffic signal work, and additional bike path and pedestrian accommodations. For example, there will be a sidewalk improvement project to address a gap at the CNRR tracks on the south side of Aptakisic Road between Weiland Road and Bond Street in the village of Buffalo Grove, according to the news release.

A new concrete sidewalk will be installed with new railroad pedestrian gates and flashers. Other examples under the operational improvement category include projects to expand Lake County PASSAGE coverage and signal interconnections through more corridors.

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