Frequently Asked Questions
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to the IL Route 83 project.
Access to Property/Utilities
Bike and Pedestrian Paths
Cedar Lake Bridge
Downtown Antioch Impact
Improvements to IL Route 83
Project Starting Point
Roads/Speed Limits/Right Turn Lanes/Safety
ACCESS TO PROPERTY/UTILITIES
In and out of residential drive - will it be blocked off for any period of
time? How will I get into traffic daily? Will my water be turned off for more
than a few hours/day? Near the library, will the sidewalks be kept?
Temporary aggregate drives will be provided to maintain access during
construction. There will be times during excavation and sewer placement
operations that the access will be blocked for short durations. The contractor
will be required to give advance notice to the residents when his operations
will affect access to their property. Any disruptions to water service will be
coordinated through the village and the residents notified in advance. Sidewalks
between Orchard Street and North Avenue will be removed and replaced. The
sidewalk opposite the contractor’s work area will remain open.
Will residents be identified separately from general public to be allowed
access to our neighborhood?
The contractor will not be allowed to cut off all access to Rte 83. If a
road is to be closed for any extended duration of time the contractor will be
required to install advance notice signs showing the start date and duration of
the closure. IDOT cannot account for any emergency closings; our contractor is
also obliged to follow the instructions of any emergency personnel.
I live between North Ave and Orchard on Main Street. My Main water main is
located close to the Curb will they shut off this main water main when the
street gets done?
No, the water main will not be shut off during construction work of the
Will my main water line be relocated closer to my home?
No, the water main line will not be relocated closer to any residences
between North Ave. and Orchard St.
BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHS
Since bike paths aren't part of this project, it is a serious step
backwards? - What year did plans start?
The roadway provides an additional foot of pavement plus the 2 foot gutter
in curbed areas and a three foot paved shoulder in areas without C & G to
accommodate bike traffic. Due to right of way constraints, the additional
pavement width could not be provided from IL Route 173 to North Avenue. Phase I
Project Report began in 1996. Phase II Construction Plans began in 2000.
Will there be a crosswalk at the High School and a better awareness for
children walking south of IL-173?
Crosswalks with Pedestrian signals have been provided on the North and
West sides of the intersection, aligning with sidewalk to the south.
What kind of sidewalk precautions will be taken near IL-83 and North Ave.?
Sidewalks exist and will be provided on both sides of the roadway.
Crosswalks with Pedestrian signals have been provided on the South and East
sides of the Rte 83/North Avenue intersection.
Will there be a wider lane for bicyclists?
Bicyclists from Grass Lake Road and North Avenue will have accommodations
along Illinois Route 83 through wider outside lanes or shoulders.
What is going to happen to the sidewalks and bike lanes? Will they be
added and are they being considered?
It is the policy of the Department to consider the travel needs of all
users of a transportation corridor when planning transportation projects. As
such, during the planning of this project, IDOT coordinated with the local
stakeholders to take into consideration the pedestrian and bicycle needs. The
proposed scope of work will include removing and replacing the existing sidewalk
with a minimum 5 foot sidewalk. Where right-of-way is available 7 foot sidewalks
are used. Handicap ramps will be provided in accordance with ADA requirements.
Illinois Route 83 is not a designated on-road bicycle facility; however, Grass
Lake Road and North Avenue are recommended on-road facilities therefore these
segments will have wider outside lanes or shoulders along Illinois Route 83 to
accommodate bicyclists connecting between the two facilities.
Will Briar Terrace be aligned with Grimm Rd and have a traffic light?
No, Briar Terrace will not be aligned with Grimm Road and no traffic
signal lights will be installed.
What will be the impact to businesses along route?
Traffic tends to follow the path of least resistance so IDOT anticipates
that the amount of vehicular traffic through the construction site will be
reduced. IDOT will maintain changeable message signs reminding motorists that
the downtown businesses are open. In the past, some creative businesses have
worked with their Chamber of Commerce to coordinate construction sales,
alternative routes or alternative parking locations rebates through the Chamber
of Commerce for spending a certain amount at downtown businesses, etc… IDOT also
recommends that the businesses select a point person to work with the department
and contractor over any business concerns and to provide construction updates
CEDAR LAKE BRIDGE
Why is Cedar Lake bridge only 3 lanes wide?
During the preliminary engineering phase, it was stipulated that the new
bridge be constructed within the existing highway right-of-way due to the very
sensitive biological environmental issues associated with Cedar Lake. Thus, the
bridge cross section will be limited to three lanes.
DOWNTOWN ANTIOCH IMPACT
Downtown is defined from Park Avenue to Orchard Street.
Downtown impact? Does downtown get 3 lanes as well?
Yes, the downtown segment typical section will have one 11-foot through
lane in each direction separated by an 11-foot striped median with 8 foot wide
parking stalls. The Village of Antioch was involved in the development of
geometry of the “downtown” section.
Has a bypass around Antioch's downtown been considered?
IDOT has not considered a bypass around Antioch and is not aware of such a
bypass by local stakeholders.
Will there be gutter and storm sewers all along the entire project?
Will curb and gutters be entire length of project? What type of
No, all the improvements are listed under the heading Improvements to IL
IMPROVEMENTS TO IL ROUTE 83
The Project begins with a rural section with shoulders and open drainage
from Petite Lake Road to about Town Line Road. The road will have one lane in
An urban section with curb and gutter and enclosed drainage is used from
Town Line Road to Eagles Nest Road. The roadway will be widened to three lanes
with the center lane used for left turns.
From Eagles Nest Road to Grimm Road the roadway has segments of rural
(shoulders and open drainage) and urban (curb & gutter and enclosed drainage).
The three lane section is used throughout this segment.
From Grimm Road through the Village of Antioch, the three lane urban
section is used. There is minor widening to provide the three lane section.
On-street parking in the downtown area is retained. The three lane section ends
north of the Canadian Railroad tracks and North Avenue.
North of the tracks, the roadway reverts to a two lane rural section with
shoulders and open drainage to the state line matching improvements done in
Is there a vision for the future of 4 or 5 lanes on IL-83? Why can’t the
project extend to four lanes?
The properties along Illinois Route 83 from Illinois Route 173 to North
Avenue fall under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
criteria, the residential section included a majority of the houses to be
potentially eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
A 3 lane cross section was the absolute maximum cross section allowed by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA). Furthermore, in order to avoid
adverse effects to these properties the proposed median was reduced to 10 feet
and the through lanes were reduced to 11 feet. South of Illinois Route 173,
there is environmentally sensitive land that is adjacent to the roadway and
would be compromised if a 4 or 5 lane widening were to be done.
There are numerous sensitive environmental resources/issues along the
project corridor. In particular, Cedar Lake, which is just west of IL 83 at its
overpass crossing of the SOO line RR is a Illinois Natural Area Inventory (INAI)
site crossing. As such, IDOT strives to great lengths to avoid impacting these
properties. As a result, we made commitments to do NO WORK on the west side of
IL 83 in this area. Also, the center of town from approximately Harden
Street/Chestnut Street to Lake Street is a dense commercial corridor with
on-street parking and is saturated with potentially historic properties. Any
add-lanes through this stretch would not only require eliminating all on street
parking, but would also impact these historic properties (actual building
impacts). Given these issues, the Department maximized the safety and
operational benefits by adding long sections of 3 lane cross sections to
accommodate two-way left turns through most of the project corridor, which has
numerous closely spaced driveways and is currently a 2-lane undivided roadway.
IDOT also looked closely at each signalized intersection to maximize the
operations by adding right and left turn lanes as appropriate and feasible while
being careful to minimize impacts. According to IDOT website, existing Average
Daily Traffic (ADT) along IL 83 is around 12,000 vehicles per day (vpd), which
is well within the limits a 3-lane roadway can handle. 3-lane roadways typically
operate efficiently up to an ADT of around 16,000 vpd.
The sensitive environmental and cultural resources along the corridor
would be severely impacted if this corridor were to be widened to accommodate a
4 or 5 lane cross section along Illinois Route 83, as such this option is not
currently being pursued by the Department.
When will the property appraisal, offer, and acquisition process start?
All right-of-way was previously acquired in 2001 & 2002. Currently the
Illinois Department of Transportation is reviewing temporary easements needed
for construction purposes. The renewal process began last summer in 2008.
What properties does IDOT need to acquire for the project? Do you release
A total of 283 parcels are needed for this project, only 20 temporary
easements remain to be purchased. An appointment can be scheduled at our IDOT
Schaumburg office to view the highway right-of-way plats.
On IL-83 and Grimm Road, is there awareness that the land there is an
When IDOT conducted the study in Phase I, IDOT was aware of the land use
adjacent to the project at this particular location.
Will there be a traffic light installed on IL-83 and Grimm Road?
Currently it is not warranted to install a traffic light at this location.
PROJECT STARTING POINT
Will the project start on the north or south side of IL-83?
IDOT provides the plans and contract requirements to the contractor. It is
the contractor’s decision on how to most efficiently and effectively approach
the project. Once IDOT has a contractor and schedule, the department will work
with the Village and Chamber of Commerce to provide periodic updates for the
ROADS/SPEED LIMITS/RIGHT TURN LANES/SAFETY
Is this a total rebuild? Will construction on the road be total rip up and
redo with blacktop and concrete?
The improvements consist of milling 1” of pavement and placing 2 ½” of
Hot-mix Asphalt pavement. Widening will be done using full depth HMA pavement.
Will speed limits be lowered south of 173? Are there going to be street
lights added at Grimm and Ainsley?
There will be no change in Speed Limits with the improvement. The project
contains no provisions for roadway lighting. No signals are contemplated at
Right turn lanes at Grass Lake Road? Or/and Rte 173? Or/and North Avenue?
North Ave. at IL-83 will have exclusive right turn lanes in the Westbound
and Northbound direction. IL-173 at IL-83 will have exclusive right turn lanes
in all directions. Grass Lake Road at IL-83 will have exclusive right turn lanes
in the Westbound, Eastbound, and Southbound directions.
The area I live in there are a lot of car accidents throughout the year.
Do you have Police records of how many accidents occur between North and Orchard
and will the street be redesigned so that in the future this will cause less car
IDOT has reviewed the crashed history along this segment. The reviews
showed a high percentage of rear-end crashes. The widening of IL 83 to add a
center 2-way left turn lane reduces the potential for these types of collisions.
What safety improvements will be done to the intersection of U.S. 45 at
Casey Road? What precautions will be done to stop speeding on U.S. 45?
IDOT understands there are many concerns for the proposed improvements to
the intersection of U.S. Route 45 at Casey Road. While the existing and future
land uses along Casey Road east of U.S. Route 45 would suggest limited growth in
traffic, the existing traffic volumes warrant left turn lanes to maximize the
safety and operations of this intersection. In regards to speeding, IDOT would
recommend contacting the local law enforcement agency to address any existing or
future speed violation related issues.
What will happen to Sequoit Creek that runs through and under downtown?
Sequoit Creek in the Downtown area is conveyed in a 96” storm sewer that
is adequate to handle the 100 year storm.
Any consideration to open Sequoit Creek and enjoy its beauty? Can there be
an open bridge?
There was no consideration to removing the existing storm sewer and
creating an open flow channel.
Will the sidewalks be replaced with the same type as downtown-pressed
concrete to look like brick-or simply replaced with concrete?
sidewalks will not be replaced with the pressed concrete to look like brick.
They will be replaced in-kind.
Will existing concrete driveways be
replaced with concrete or asphalt?
The driveways will also be replaced
Will any trees/vegetation be replaced with like