It's that time of year in the Midwest, when the weather changes and winter gives way to a new season: road construction.
Over the past weeks, Frankfort officials already have been talking about upcoming road projects, such as and .
We spoke with Adam Nielsen, development coordinator with the village, about other construction residents should expect in the upcoming months. Here are the village-sponsored projects on the horizon.
Location: Center Road from Sauk Trail to Laraway Road.
What's being done: Center Road is being reconstructed and resurfaced because of increased traffic. It also will be turned into a three-lane cross section, completed with curb, gutter and turn lanes. A new enclosed drainage system is being added from Laraway Road to the railroad tracks, and that stretch also will be widened.
How long? The project is already under way and will be done by October.
Location: The project includes 80th Avenue from Sauk Trail to Laraway Road.
What's being done: The road will be widened and resurfaced, and an enclosed drainage system will be added. A new sidewalk will be installed on the east side of 80th Avenue, with a bike path added on the west.
How long? The project will be bid on in late April or early May, potentially starting when schools let out in June, Nielsen said. The project would be finished in August, he added.
Location: The west side of U.S. Route 45 from to St. Francis Road, and on the north side of Colorado Avenue, from Route 45 to the first entrance of .
What is being done: New sidewalks are being added along these roads.
How long? The project will be bid on in May, with construction to start by June, Nielsen said.
These projects are the only ones the village is responsible for the rest of the year, according to Nielsen, noting that the Route 30 widening and the Harlem Avenue crossing improvements are being done by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Canadian Nation Railway, respectively.
Another IDOT project--work to be done on Stuenkel Road between Ridgeland and Harlem avenues--has been announced, but a start date hasn't been decided.
What advice does Nielsen have for residents when it comes to manoeuvring around the construction?
"Follow the detour signs," he said. "I don't foresee there being any complete road closures."