Construction Projects Planned for Major Arteries in Northbrook

Construction Projects Planned for Major Arteries in Northbrook

Navigating around Northbrook will take some advance planning this summer, as road construction projects get underway along three major roadways– Dundee Road, Shermer Road in downtown Northbrook, and Western Avenue. Village officials report they are working closely with state officials to post alternative routes, and will keep drivers notified about the projects through a website link and email notifications.

Dundee Road

The Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) has notified the Village that it recently awarded a contract for a major project to replace the existing culvert and road above the culvert located at the intersection of Dundee and Lee Roads. The $6.5 million project to replace the bridge is expected to begin by the end of this month and be completed by the end of October. Throughout the construction, Dundee Road between Waukegan and Skokie Boulevard will be closed except to local traffic. A detour route will be posted to divert drivers north to Lake Cook Road; eastbound drivers will be directed onto Waukegan Road and westbound drivers will be detoured up Skokie Boulevard.

Built in 1938, the bridge carries traffic over the Middle Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River. According to IDOT officials, it has reached the end of its useful life and has been classified as functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. The new bridge will allow for larger, heavier vehicles and include a ten foot wide multi-use path to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. Estimates are that around 40,000 cars a day drive along the stretch of the road.

Simultaneously, the Village will coordinate with IDOT to make the $1.6 million in repairs to the Village’s 24-inch cast iron water distribution main on the north side of Dundee Road, the 12-inch water main on the west side of Lee Road, and a section of the 15-inch sanitary sewer line on the north side of Dundee.

Shermer Road Bridge

The Village of Northbrook is in the process of overseeing construction on the Shermer Road bridge between Church Street and Meadow Road, which began last month. The project consists of the removal and replacement of the bridge deck and precast concrete beams that carry the Shermer Road over the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Other ancillary work includes replacement of the parapet walls and brick facing, new brick paver sidewalks, replacement of the bridge approach pavement, and the installation of a subsurface bridge abutment scour protection system. As the deck will be removed in its entirety, the road will be shut to all traffic during construction. According to Village officials, local access to downtown businesses will be accommodated. Residences/businesses located on Shermer between Meadow Road and Church Street with only one public access will have use of their driveways during non-construction hours. Business/residence driveways in the construction zone between Meadow Road and Church Street will be closed if there is an alternate public access. The posted detour route will direct through traffic to use Waukegan Road, Founders Drive, and Techny Road.

Bowman Construction will be the resident engineer for the project, and Dunnet Bay Construction will be the contractor. Constructed in 1939, the bridge superstructure was replaced in 1979 and architectural enhancements were added to the parapets and sidewalks in later years. “The precast pre-stressed concrete deck beams and shear keyways have deteriorated to the point of reduced structural capacity for the bridge,” according to Bowman, which recently completed Phases I and II on the site. The project is expected to be completed in June, in time for the Fourth of July parade.

Western Avenue

A six-month project to completely reconstruct Western Avenue from Techny Road to Oak Street will commence next month. The new road will replace the current concrete with asphalt and concrete curbs and gutters, according to Village officials. The work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The road will be closed to through traffic but local traffic will have access, allowing for drop-offs and pick-ups at Wescott School. In addition, the road will be one way (southbound) for the majority of the project. Once the roadway is reconstructed, repairs will occur half at a time, according to Village Engineer Matt Farmer. “Local traffic will be able to access, but the contractor will be using the open traffic lane for staging construction and stopping traffic with flaggers, so there will be traffic delays,” points out Farmer. There will also be a detour from Techny to Shermer to Walters.

A special information session on the Western Avenue project will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at Wescott School, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Construction Updates

    To help answer questions businesses and visitors might have on traffic and detours in the construction areas, the Village is dedicating a section of its website for continual updates. For general information visit To receive notifications via e-mail or on your phone, visit or and follow the prompts to subscribe. From the drop down list, check off these projects:

    • Dundee Road Bridge/Culvert
    • Shermer Road Culvert Bridge
    • Western Avenue Project

    Every time a change is made to the project, subscribers will receive a notification.