Road Construction Update
Major Road Improvement Projects
Will County RoadsProjects controlled by Will County:
- Bell Road Project - A new 4 lane road with double left hand turn lanes at 143rd Street. There are still several parcels of land that need to be acquired before construction can begin. This project is broken down into 4 phases:
- 159th Street to 151st Street - If the parcels needed are acquired by midsummer this project may begin in late 2015. If the process is delayed the project will begin in 2016.
- 151st Street to 143rd Street - Should begin in 2016.
- 143rd Street and Bell Road Intersection - Project should begin in 2016 or 2017 depending on land acquisition.
- 143rd Street to 135th Street - Project will begin once the 143rd and Bell Road intersection is complete. The intersections improvements will extend west from Bell Road to near Golden Oak Drive.
Local Homer Glen Roads
Projects controlled by the Village of Homer Glen and/or the Highway Department:
Creme Road Update:
- (Tuesday 12/27) As of today, Tuesday, December 27th, the underground work is complete. All three road box culverts and all three driveway culverts are installed with “temporary” gravel patches over the cuts in the road and in the driveways. Creme Road was “open” over the Christmas Holiday. It will now remain “open” to local traffic throughout the remainder of the project although there may be some temporary “lane closures” during the final stages of construction. It will remain marked as “Closed to Through Traffic” in an effort to control the commuter traffic during the final phase of construction. The contractor is on site today working on their equipment and will begin re-profiling all of the drainage and shoulder areas tomorrow. When all of the earth work is complete, the debris and spoils will be removed. The contractor should be complete with that part of the project this week. The road will remain open over the New Year’s Holiday weekend but still marked as “Closed to Through Traffic”. Beginning next week, the gravel patches in the road will be replaced with a temporary asphalt material. Once the asphalt patching is complete, the barriers and cones will be removed and Creme Road will be open to all traffic. In the spring, the contractor will return to complete the final landscaping part of the project. Creme Road will be resurfaced from 143rd to 151st and all of the driveway aprons that were part of the project will be completed as part of the Road District’s Summer Paving Program. Once again the Road District would like to thank all of those who were affected by this project for their patience and co-operation. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Homer Highway Department at 708-301-0246.
- (Thursday 12/15), we are installing the final set of box culverts across Creme Road just north of 147th. All of the issues with Nicor have been resolved at this location so it should be complete by mid morning tomorrow. The three new driveway culverts have been installed and the abandoned driveway culvert was removed. All of the excavated areas will be re-evaluated tomorrow and prepared for winter traffic. Beginning tomorrow evening, Creme road will have two lanes open with construction barrels marking the gravel crossings. It will still be marked as “CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC” but open to Local Traffic to discourage commuter traffic. There will be “ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD” signs at 143rd and 147th Streets and residents are asked to travel the road with caution. It should remain this way until after the holidays. There may be some grading and/or re-profiling of the drainage ditch as weather allows. In January we will determine when we will be able to patch the three cuts in the road with a more permanent material such as asphalt or concrete. The final landscaping and driveway surfaces will not be complete until spring. The Road District would like to thank all of those who were affected by this project for their patience and cooperation.
- (Friday, 12/2) The project began at 8:00 AM Monday, November 28, 2016 with Creme Road being officially closed to through traffic but open to local traffic. The asphalt was cut to allow for well defined asphalt rehabilitation once the new box culverts are installed and the open areas are repaved. The box culverts were delivered and staged along the road. The excavation began on Wednesday and a Nicor Gas line was exposed. As a matter of construction protocol, Nicor had an engineer on-site to inspect their line. Upon inspection, it was determined the line needed some repair. Although we knew of the existence and location of the gas line, we were unaware of its condition. Nicor, along with our contractor, repaired the line and we are back to our installation process. We allowed Nicor to work with our contractor because if we had to wait for a Nicor crew to be called in, it may have added a week to the project. The contractor is back to installing the new drainage system and we’re still confident the road will be opened to through traffic by Monday, December 12th as originally planned. As for now, Crème Road will remain closed at 143rd Street through the weekend and access to residents will be by way of 147th Street. As always, residents are encouraged to call the Road District with any questions and to monitor our website (www.homerhighway.com) for current updates.
- (Monday, 11/28) The project began with Creme Road being officially closed to through traffic but open to local traffic at 8:00 AM. The asphalt was cut to allow for well defined asphalt rehabilitation once the new box culverts are installed and the open areas are repaved. That phase of construction was completed in spite of the all day rain. Today materials and equipment are being staged at the north end of Creme Rd just south of 143rdStreet. Therefore beginning today, all access for all residents will be from 147th Street. Creme Road will be closed at 143rd Street. Note: The Northwest Homer Fire Prevention District will enact a plan during the entire duration of this project that will dispatch equipment from two different firehouses to answer any calls on Creme Road. One house will respond to calls on Creme Road from 143rd Street and the second house will respond to calls on Creme Road from 147th Street. This will insure a timely response to any address within the construction zone regardless of where the road is closed. Residents are encouraged to contact the Road District with any questions they may have regarding this project. 708-301-0246
- Creme Road- Creme Road will be closed to thru traffic between 143rd and 147th Streets beginning November 28, 2016 for a two week period to replace drainage culverts. Click here to view a map of the project.
- 151st Street - There is a phase 1 engineering study to determine the feasibility and cost of widening 151st Street from 2 lanes to 3 lanes with appropriate left hand turn lanes where necessary from Cedar Road to Eagle Ridge Drive.
- Gougar Road - Gougar Road, between 163rd Street and 159th Street will be improved this summer. The contractor developing the property at 163rd Street and Gougar Road is financing this project, no tax dollars will be used. The Homer Township Road District is overseeing the engineering for this improvement. For more information please call the Highway Department at 708-301-0246.
City of Lockport Roads
Project controlled by the City of Lockport:
- Heritage Crossing Project - Gougar Road was widened from 151st Street to 147th Street and extended from 147th Street to 143rd Street. Lockport Officials will review opening Gougar Road from 151st Street to 147th Street and 147th Street from Gougar Road to Lemont Road during the late 2015 summer season. For more information please contact the City of Lockport at 815-838-0549.
State of Illinois Roads
Projects controlled by the Illinois Department of Transportation:
- 159th Street - Major widening from 2 lanes to 4 lanes with a 28-foot median, double turn lanes, new traffic signals, street lighting at major intersections, overhead and underground utility relocation and drainage projects have begun. For more information please click here.
- Archer Avenue - The bridge over Long Run Creek will be rebuilt to 4 lanes, sometime in the near future, with new detention added to the south of Archer Avenue across from the nearby mall.