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Heads Up, Drivers: Storm Sewer Work On Techny Through 2013

A project to expand storm sewers will block both lanes of eastbound traffic on Techny Road through December 2013; cars will be rerouted via Willow Road.

Drivers heading eastbound on Techny Road can expect to be rerouted through December 2013.

Beginning May 22, contractor Primera Engineers will begin work on a project to expand the storm sewers on Techny Road and reduce flooding in the surrounding area. Crews will install wider storm sewers, add relief sewers, reconstruct the road surface and add new signals at Pfingsten Road, according to resident engineer Sven Flodstrom. 

Due to construction, both lanes of eastbound traffic on Techny will be closed between Second Street and Pfingsten Road for fifteen weeks beginning in mid-June, according to village officials. Eastbound access to the and will be restored after that time, but further eastbound travel will be blocked off for the duration of the project. 

“There will be a signed detour, basically letting traffic know about Techny Road,” Flodstrom explained. “The detour route is going to be utilizing Pfingsten, Willow and Shermer.”

Crews will also be installing relief storm sewers on Pfingsten Road between Techny and Canterbury Drive, according to Flodstrom. That project will necessitate intermittent closures on Pfingsten Road, although one lane in each direction will always remain open. 

Residents who want to keep updated on the timing and progress of the project can visit the Techny Road Improvements blog or sign up for e-mailed updates from the engineers.

D May 01, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Wow, nice of the village to give us any notice that they are basically cutting off access to the high school from 85% of Northbrook! For those of us who drive to and from Glenbrook North 6 times a day their level of planning and foresight on this project stinks! Did they even bother to address how much traffic that will divert and how congested the areas they are diverting to already are? It's going to take hours, not minutes, HOURS out of my day for over a year and a half! THIS is where they should be working 24 hours a day not on Lake Cook Road!. The impact on traffic to and from GBN and all it's events from this project is ridiculous and should have been better planned. Blocking off access to second street and Greenview at the same time. These contractors should be shot!
Cheryl Susman May 01, 2012 at 01:53 PM
This project is will cause major traffic congestion at the High School for students all over Northbrook. You will be diverting traffic onto these already congested thoroughfares, namely Willow, Pfingston and Shermer. Please reconsider a step by step process for blocking off parts of Techny. It will cause chaos and delays, and safety concerns as well.
Lauri May 01, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Not happy!!! A step by step process would seem to be more conducive to alleviating the traffic jams that are sure to arise from this mess they are causing. Not looking forward to this one...and for such an extended period of time. Who was the brilliant person who came up with this disastrous plan?!
Orly May 17, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Terrible planning. This is right near my home and will affect everywhere my neighbors and I go for a year and a half!!! There should be some way to stagger this project so that it will not be so disruptive. This is unacceptable.
Lee May 21, 2012 at 01:56 AM
This is a state (IDOT) project, not Northbrook's. However, I can't believe that the village couldn't call someone at IDOT and ask them to AT LEAST wait three weeks until school is out. Ridiculous. You can certainly now expect Walter, Cherry, Willow and Dundee to undergo road construction because generally, this is what happens. All roads running parallel to one another seem to be affected at the same time.
JLB May 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM
All that time spent and still they are not planning on closing the sidewalk gaps that exist near Shermer and Techny (N side) and Greenview and Techny (S. side). Keep getting the runaround.

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