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Rebuilding east Lake County - Major projects highlight Year Five of Rebuild Illinois

Press Release - Thursday, September 21, 2023

Gov. Pritzker's historic capital program improving infrastructure in key part of state

CHICAGO - Entering Year Five of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced multiple projects in the east Lake County area are planned or underway, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker's historic, bipartisan capital program. Seven major projects represent a total investment of more than $41 million, improving safety, mobility and quality of life while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

"Rebuild Illinois is revitalizing communities and neighborhoods by investing in projects and people in the east Lake County area and throughout the state," said Gov. Pritzker. "Through the largest capital program in state history, IDOT will be delivering improvements to build a more resilient, accessible and equitable system of transportation for generations to come, while creating jobs and enhancing local quality of life."

The seven projects are all scheduled to be completed between 2023 and 2026:
  • Belvidere Road (Illinois 120) from O'Plaine Road to Skokie Highway (U.S. 41) in Waukegan new lighting installation. Daytime closures are needed to complete construction. The project began last summer and anticipated to be complete late this fall
  • Illinois 83 from Illinois 120 to Illinois 137 and Atkinson Road in Grayslake intersection reconstruction and new traffic signal installation. Daytime lane closures are needed to complete the work. The project began this summer and anticipated to be complete next fall.
  • Washington Street at U.S. 41 over the Union Pacific Railroad in Park City and Gurnee new bridge deck installation and resurfacing. One lane of traffic will remain open during construction. The project began this spring and anticipated to be complete by the end of this year.
  • Illinois 83 from just north of Buffalo Grove Road to south of Old Checkers Road in Buffalo Grove resurfacing and ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Daytime lane closures are needed to complete construction. The project began in spring and is anticipated to be complete in late fall.
  • Sheridan Road Over Two Creeks in Highland Park culvert repairs. Daytime lane closures are needed to complete construction. The project is anticipated to begin in spring 2026 and estimated to be completed in fall 2026.
  • Illinois 120 at O'Plaine Road in Gurnee and Waukegan traffic signal improvements, channelization and ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Daytime lane closures will be needed. The project is anticipated to begin in summer 2024 and estimated to be complete fall 2024.
  • Illinois 137 over Bull Creek in Beach Park culvert repair and replacement. Full closure of Illinois 137 is needed to complete the project. The project is anticipated to begin spring 2024 and be completed fall 2024.
"From Waukegan to Buffalo Grove, Rebuild Illinois is renewing our communities with infrastructure improvements and investments that bring forth safer, stronger infrastructure and good-paying jobs to help both businesses and residents thrive," said state Sen. Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). "I am very much looking forward to seeing these improvements completed and I know that there is even more to come."

"Because of Rebuild Illinois, we are seeing real progress when it comes to the safety and quality of our roads,"said state Rep. Rita Mayfield ( D-Gurnee). "When we make sure that our bridges are safe to travel over and sidewalks are usable for those with disabilities, we make our communities stronger."

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state's aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Accomplishments through Year Four of Rebuild Illinois include approximately $12.1 billion of improvements statewide on 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges and 762 additional safety improvements. Visit for information and highlights of other Rebuild Illinois projects happening throughout the state.

"These investments in the east Lake County region will strengthen our system of multimodal transportation across the state," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "Remember: If you are driving in Illinois this construction season, you will be driving through work zones. When you see orange, stay patient, drop the devices and slow down."

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