Lake County saves $800,000 in Lewis Avenue resurfacing project

After setting aside $1.89 million earlier this summer for the resurfacing of Lewis Avenue between Route 137 and Argonne Drive, the Lake County Board fielded bids that will end up saving the county about $800,000.

The board on Aug. 12 approved a $1.1 million contract with Arlington Heights-based J.A. Johnson and Co., clearing the way for the repaving of the 1.1-mile stretch of Lewis in North Chicago to begin in September.

In other action taken on area roadways, the board approved the following projects:

• Two miles of Deerfield Road from Milwaukee Avenue to Riverwoods Road will be completely resurfaced under a $994,718 contract also awarded to J.A. Johnson. Work is scheduled to start next month.

• Asphalt patching will take place on two stretches of roadway in the south part of the county — Arlington Heights Road between Route 83 and Lake Cook Road, and Buffalo Grove Road from Route 22 to Deerfield Parkway — under an $873,628 contract with Peter Baker and Son of Lake Bluff.

• Traffic signals will be modernized with adaptive controls on Gilmer Road from Midlothian to Fremont Center roads under a $994,618 contract awarded to Home Towne Electric Inc. of Lake Villa.

That 2.5-mile stretch of Gilmer includes signalized intersections at not only Midlothian and Fremont Center but also Route 176 and Hawley Street. The plan is to install controls that feature updated timing mechanisms and equipment for real-time collection of traffic data for the Lake County Passage system. Eighty percent of the cost will be picked up by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The specific intersection of Gilmer and Midlothian is in line for traffic improvements extending 1,100 feet in all directions, and the board approved an additional $430,000 in design-engineering funds to a previous total of $745,000. The new amount reflects inclusion of pedestrian and bicycle-path options in the phase-one study.

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