Lake Bluff Approves Signalized Intersection on Waukegan Road

Project's price tag saves Village $200,000.


Drivers who use Waukegan Road between Routes 60 and 76 in Lake Bluff will have to contend with another lighted intersection by late fall.

approved the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Waukegan Road and North Shore Drive at its June 25 meeting. Preparation work is already underway and work is expected to continue through October.

North Shore Drive provides access to and out of the village's industrial park where a number of businesses are located, including the

The Village will wind up saving nearly $200,000 after awarding the construction contract to Peter Baker and Son Co., in Lake Bluff, which came in with a bid of just over $1 million. The Village had earmarked $1.3 of the $1.5 million project in its 2012-13 fiscal budget for the construction contract portion. The $1.5 million includes a $1 million State of Illinois Department of Commerce of Economic Opportunity grant.

The intersection improvement project dates back to 2003 when the Village issued $2.1 million in general bonds. In 2008, the Village acquired 1500 square feet from , located at the northeast corner of the intersection.

As part of passing the intersection's construction at its June 25 meeting, the Village also approved securing an easement right for 4,000 square feet along the west side of Waukegan Road by Knollwood Club.

The completed project will actually create an angled connection from North Shore Drive across Waukegan Road to the south private drive entrance into the Knollwood Club, according to Village Engineer George Russell.

"The west end of North Shore Drive will point in a west-northwest direction, and the Knollwood Club's south entrance will point east, southeasterly," Russell said.

At Monday night's Village Board meeting, the village will consider approving a resolution for the professional engineering agreement with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd., in Rosemont, for construction observation services.

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Rick Lesser July 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
This stoplight is badly needed for the businesses in the industrial park, especially Pasquesi Home & Garden. This will be an inconvenience for drivers travelling on Waukegan Road, but making a left hand turn either onto or from Waukegan Road is a terrifying experience which this stoplight will alleviate. Kudos to the Village for achieving this improvement with very little local cost.
Audrey Semmelman July 08, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I heard several years ago that there was to be a stoplight at this intersection - I agree with Rick that it is a bad experience trying to make a left hand turn. This is needed due to the possibility of increased traffic from the hospital.
LMS July 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
As long as stoplights are being added by the industrial park making it less "terrifying". Why not go farther north on Waukegan Rd and put one in so the residents who live on the eastside of Waukegan Rd in Knollwood easier to get on Waukegan Rd and off WaukeganRd. Talk about terrfying.


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