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VIDEO: Route 30, Like You'll Never See it Again

Construction began last month on the 8.5-mile stretch of Route 30 in Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox.

After decades of planning, the Route 30 widening project has begun. Last month, the Illinois Department of Transportation , and construction will continue throughout the summer.

So get a last glimpse of how Route 30 looks now, because by fall 2012 the road will be more than twice as wide, and new businesses are expected to start filling the empty spaces along the historic highway.

The project involves reconstructing the roadway, building a second lane in both directions and adding a raised concrete median for nine miles on U.S. 30 through New Lenox, Frankfort and Mokena. The median will be replaced by a bidirectional turn lane between Williams Street and the west entrance to the Lincoln-Way High School campus just west of Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox. Turn lanes will be added at other intersections.
 
The first stage of construction will require removing trees and constructing temporary pavement. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained through the work zone, though some temporary lane closures with flaggers present during daytime hours should be anticipated.
 
Later this summer, construction of the new lanes and the new storm sewer system will begin.
 
Other project features include new curbs, gutters and an improved storm water drainage system. Bike paths and sidewalks, where they are requested by the local community, will be built on either side of U.S. 30. Sound walls will be added at intermittent locations along the segment between Williams Street and U.S. 45. The U.S. 30 bridge over Hickory Creek in Frankfort also will be widened to accommodate the additional lanes.
 
Traffic signals will be added at West Circle Drive/Joliet Highway in New Lenox, Ridgemore Road/Owens Road in Mokena, Locust Avenue in Frankfort, 80th Avenue in Frankfort and Hunter Woods Drive/Frankfort Square Drive in Frankfort
 
The entire project is scheduled to be complete and the four lanes open to traffic in fall 2012. F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates, of Chicago, is the prime contractor on the $72.7 million project.
 
For more information on the U.S. 30 reconstruction and widening, including a map of the work zone, visit http://www.dot.il.gov/usroute30/index.html.

KATHY MAKA-WILLIAMS June 02, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Many locals take an alternate route using East Joliet Highway to drive between Cedar Road and where Joliet Highway ends on the east at Route 30 near Lowes. Joliet Highway is a residential city street where posted speed limits are 25 and 30 mph, and as low as 20 mph in front of Martino School. Unfortunately many drivers ignore the posted limits and exceed these speeds. As a resident who lives along this route I would ask that the village government do what it can to mitigate this problem, at a minimum posting signs that say "local traffic only." Additional police patrols would be most welcome.
Colleen Melchior June 02, 2011 at 05:00 PM
That was a great video. It was interesting to see the old photos of Rt. 30. Having grown up near the overpass pictured early in the video I remember how narrow it was trying to walk under it with only a foot clearance between the road and the supports. Semis would get stuck under the overpass all the time. Thanks for the awesome video!
Cezar Jenkins June 02, 2011 at 05:10 PM
I'm very happy for the bike paths in the area. It's such a cheap feature to add and it helps me drive less to the businesses along Rt. 30
Michael Sewall June 05, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Jason, I removed your comment because you used profanities. That's violates our Terms of Use. Please feel free to re-post your sentiment without using profanities. If you swear again, your account will be suspended. -Editor Michael Sewall

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