- Feb 19, 2019
As winter transitions slowly to spring, Northbrook drivers and businesses prepare themselves for the inevitable challenges of summer road construction. For 2019, the biggest traffic disruption is expected to be the closure of Dundee Road, lasting up to six months. As of mid-February, Village officials expect the construction project to begin April 10.
The Dundee Road project involves the replacement of a culvert bridge and road surface where Lee Road meets Dundee. Under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Dept. of Transportation (IDOT), the $6.5 million project will require the closure of Dundee between Waukegan Road and Skokie Boulevard, except for limited access to residences and businesses within the closure. Through traffic will be directed to use a detour route connecting Waukegan and Skokie via Lake Cook Road.
Barely visible to drivers, the culvert covers the Middle Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Built in 1938, the existing bridge has been declared as functionally obsolete and structurally deficient by IDOT. Construction on a replacement was planned for 2018, but utility adjustments connected to the project forced the main work to be delayed. The new bridge will allow for larger, heavier vehicles and include a ten foot wide multi-use path to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. Approximately 40,000 cars a day drive along the stretch of the road.