- Feb 20, 2020
The northernmost segment of Pfingsten Road will be closed to traffic for approximately six months, to allow the Illinois Tollway Authority to replace the existing bridge over the Edens Spur. The closure is expected to begin in mid-March and stretch from Maria Avenue to Lake Cook Road.
According to a Tollway Authority press release, electronic message signs and construction signage will be put in place to alert drivers in advance of construction, along with detour signage that will direct traffic to Waukegan Road while the bridge closure is in place. Access to Maria Avenue and the UL campus will remain open on Pfingsten, as will the commercial offices at the southeast intersection of Pfingsten and Lake Cook Road and local side streets.
Companies affected by the construction are preparing for traffic challenges. “Infrastructure projects like these might be inconvenient, but we recognize their importance to the community,” comments Tom Whalen, UL’s North American Facilities Manager. “We are working to develop the best routes for employees and visitors, including discussions with the Transportation Management Association of Lake Cook to help our Pace bus riders coming from the train stations. It will require patience and cooperation on everyone’s part.”
Once finished, the new Pfingsten bridge will include safety improvements for pedestrians and bicycles. The bridge deck will be wider than the current configuration, allowing for an expanded sidewalk on the northbound side. A barrier-separated path on the southbound side will be established, to be tied into a future multi-use path
To stay informed about the status of local road construction, check the Village’s website at www.Northbrook.il.us/ConstructionProjects. You can also sign up for notifications from the Village by email or text message at www.Northbrook.il.us/NorthbrookNotify.