With the occasional delay for landscaping, all four lanes of Half Day Road between Interstate 94 and the Highland Park city limits are open.
Most of the construction barriers have also been removed on Waukegan Road just north and south of Half Day Road.
The only exception other than landscaping is the construction barrels blocking one of two left turn lanes in all four directions at the intersection of Waukegan and Half Day Roads. Before the road work there was only one left turn lane in each direction.
The remaining elements of the project will are a truss spanning the intersection of Half Day and Waukegan roads holding the traffic signals and landscaping. “The truss is still out of state being modified,” Illinois Department of Transportation consultant Gordon Snyder said. “I don’t have a timetable on that.”
When all work including the truss is complete, there will be a pair of left turn lanes in all four directions at the crossing. “We can’t allow both left turn lanes until we have the truss,” Snyder said.
The other element of the project that cannot be finished until spring is landscaping because of the time certain trees must be planted.
“There will be some lane closures for landscaping but it won’t be all the time,” Snyder said. There will be none during the winter months when trees, shrubs and grass are not planted.
Some of the trees being planted, according to the contract, must be put in the ground in the fall and others in the spring, according to Snyder.