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Village Takes First Step on Major Road Work

Board approves study to enable Deerfield to get bids on Deerfield Road overhaul.

The Village Board of Trustees took a first step toward a major construction project on Deerfield Road at Tuesday’s meeting when it approved a study to determine the extent of the work which should take place between Wilmot Road and Highway 41 in Highland Park.

Village Manager Kent Street emphasized the work will not begin until the current project on Half Day Road is done and the .

“The earliest it will be will be is 2014 and more likely 2015,” Street said. “It will not start until the work on Lake Cook Road (scheduled for 2013) and Half Day Road is done.”

Construction on Half Day Road through unincorporated Deerfield and Bannockburn between the Highland Park city limits and Interstate 94 is finished except for landscaping. Completing the greenery will occasionally require closure some lanes in the fall of this year and spring of next.

At this point, the Lake Cook Road project will start next year and be finished by Thanksgiving, according to the Cook County Highway Department.

What the Village did approve Tuesday was a design engineering services contract to determine exactly what must be done not only with the road but some of the infrastructure. “We need that so we can get bids,” Street said.

Street also indicated approximately 70 percent of the cost of the project will be paid with funds from the federal government. The Village is in preliminary discussions with Lake County to determine who will be responsible for the balance of the cost and the project itself.

Lake County has wanted to make Deerfield Road a county highway from Wilmot Road to Highway 41 in Highland Park for some time, according to Street. The Village Board is not sure about whether it wants to cede the responsibility. Highland Park is involved in its own discussions.

“We’re obligated to pay for the study regardless,” Street said explaining why the Village is going forward with the program at this time. “We’re in the process of discussing with Lake County the position it will take.”

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Bringin' Down Briarwood September 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Here's another vote for Walter's basic premise. Village elections can't come soon enough for me. To anybody out there who is considering running: a) Simply run on the idea of moving this town economically forward ,and I don;t know how you could lose. Yes, the economy is bad, but that excuse only goes so far for bad preparation and decisions. b) (Help me with this one, Steve) Isn't there some local caucus (or something) coming up? Sounded pretty unique to Deerfield with some pretty strong clout. Also sounded like a bunch of people who gather in their living room to endorse local candidates (but admittedly that's a completely uneducated opinion based on a poor, ten-minute presentation I saw at a council meeting). Anyhow, I wouldn't say they've been doing a stellar job of finding strong candidates.
RB September 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
What is the scope of the work? Again, they just rebuilt much of Deerfield road. Are they really considering making it a 4 lane? Is the article incomplete or is the plan incomplete? What's going on?
Walter White September 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I parked in the southernmost part of Deerbrook Mall over the weekend just to soak it in. George's, Bally's, Whatever that stupid store was, and Best Buy. Oh but fear not there's a Halloween store coming! This is such an indictment of the failure of the Village Board. You can't just sit back and hope business comes to town. Get out there and court come businesses! Do these people know how to do that? If not, why are they there?
Eric Hogberg September 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Hi Briarwood (and others)....this is Eric Hogberg writing, chair of the Deerfield Caucus Advisory Council. Yes, there is a local nominating caucus starting up...the 2012 Nominating Committee is currently accepting membership petitions. Most precincts in Deerfield still have open committee slots and would welcome your energy in finding strong, solid candidates. Details on how the nominating committee works, membership, etc., all available on the Caucus website: http://deerfieldcaucus.org I'll also be monitoring this article for additional comments and questions. Hope to add your voice to the mix.
Point Special September 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
We've just gone through this on Half Day as well. The last 4 summers, there has been road work on Half Day. First of all, they patched it. Then three years ago, they did a full scale repave. Then, last year, they ripped up everything they had done and started widening it. They're finally almost finished, but at the rate they're going, they're just going to rip it up and redo it next year.

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