Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Deerfield Police are making an extra effort to reduce cell phone use in Lake Cook Road construction area.
A concerted effort by the Deerfield Police Department to reduce hand held cellular telephone use in the Lake Cook Road construction zone has resulted in an approximate doubling of tickets written. Before the road work began April 15, police were issuing approximately 33 tickets a week to people talking on a hand held cellular device while driving, according to Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis. Since the work started, the average has climbed to 68. Earlier: Lake Cook Road Configuration Changes “We have told our officers to focus on the use of (hand held) cell phones in the (Lake Cook Road) construction area,” Sliozis. Officers have parked their cars with a view of Lake Cook Road watching for violations. Drivers exceeding the 35-mile-per-…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Project moves to next phase with north side getting attention.
Construction activity on Lake Cook Road shifted to the north side of the street Monday as the project moved into its next phase, according to information contained on Deerfield’s website devoted to the project. Earlier: Lake Cook Road Construction Starts Today Stage Two of the traffic control plan went into effect when a new traffic configuration was created Monday moving all drivers to the south side of the road and limiting work to the northern half. Traffic will be shifted to the south side of the roadway with one lane going in each direction and room carved out for left turns. The street will be rebuilt on the north side of the road. Once Stage Two is done, Stage Three will start shifting the pattern from north to south. Lake closures …
Monday, April 29, 2013
One says slowdown rivals 2011.
TeddyFabz owner Ted Spear is not sure if current Lake Cook Road construction, which began April 15, is having a bigger impact on his business than the first phase of the road work did two years ago. “It’s pretty darn close,” Spear said Friday comparing the current situation to the one in 2011. “I’m 25 to 30 percent down.” With business off, he does not feel a promotion is in order. “I wish I could do something.” Earlier: Lake Cook Project Shows Flexibility Spear is not along. DC Sarnies, located next to TeddyFabz on Lake Cook Road, is feeling the affect too. The eatery had barely opened two years ago when the work began and he did not compare. “Lunch has definitely been slower,” General Manager Keith Butts said. “Dinner is a little less …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Village makes effort to support local commerce in wake of Lake Cook Road construction.
Lake Cook Road construction between Ellendale and Deerlake Roads has been underway 11 days and already some merchants are talking about a business slowdown while the Village does what it can to soften the blow. With parts of the pavement completely torn up and removed, traffic is down to one lane in each direction plus space for left turns. Deerfield Tire Co. owner Garrett Garofolo was delayed getting to his business April 15, the project’s first day. Earlier: Lake Cook Road Project Shows Flexibility “Street traffic is down and calls are down,” Garofolo said of the affect on his business. “It took me 30 minutes on the first day to drive to work from Skokie Valley Road to Waukegan Road. I timed it.” After significant problems arose during …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Early project shift demonstrates desire to move project with dispatch.
Flexibility promises to be a hallmark of the $8.7 million Lake Cook Road construction project which began Monday in Deerfield if a decision made earlier this week by the undertaking’s partners is any indication. Though contractor A Lamp Concrete Contractors already plans to work six day a week, 10 hours a day, pulling an all nighter is not out of the question when elements like the weather could cause a delay of several days. Earlier: Lake Cook Road Construction Starts Today “We knew a storm was coming Tuesday and we wanted to get ahead of it,” Deerfield Project Manager John Guccione said describing how the median between Waukegan Road and Carlisle was paved ahead of schedule. “We started to work at 3 a.m. and used fast curing concrete.” …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Lake Closures begin at 5 a.m.
Lane closures begin at 5 a.m. today for the major planned construction project on Lake Cook Road between Deer Lake and Ellendale Roads, according to information provided by the Village’s official construction website. Initial lane closures will be in effect from 5 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. during the initial phase of the project. Earlier: Effort Made to Ease Lake Cook Construction Burden “The first stage of construction will include the demolition of median islands to provide for temporary pavement to allow for the maintenance of one lane of traffic in each direction and left-turn lanes during construction,” the Village writes on the website. Deerfield will provide continual updates on its special website (www,lakecookroad.com). People …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Moving lane closures will start at 9 a.m. Monday.
The first delays and lane closures of the eight-month long Lake Cook Road construction project begin at 9 a.m. today, according to an email from Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Victoria Street. Rolling lane closures will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next two to three days on westbound Lake Cook Road between the railroad overpass and Carlisle Avenue. The work includes relocation of overhead lines to taller poles which have already been put in. No entrances to businesses will be disturbed. More information on the project can be found on a special Village website. Sign up for the Northbrook Patch morning newsletter to get the latest Lake Cook Road construction updates in your email.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Construction is expected to last until end of October.
Wednesday, February 6
Scheduled to start in April, the $9-million construction project on Lake Cook and Waukegan roads on the border of Northbrook and Deerfield will add two extra lanes on Lake Cook Road, two left turn lanes on Waukegan road, 40,000 square-feet of extra sidewalk, utility and roadway improvements, but also headaches for businesses near the two roads, Chicago Tribune Reported. Construction is expected to last until October with one lane open in each direction for the four-lane Lake Cook and Waukegan roads during construction, but Humberto Aguallo, general manager at Boston Blackies in Deerfield, told Chicago Tribune that leaving one lane will be a disaster and he expects the restaurant to see at least a 30 percent loss in business. When the …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Completion of project will start in April with plan to be done by end of October.
Intervention by Deerfield officials and the local business community will hopefully reduce the inconvenience scheduled to begin in April when Lake Cook and Waukegan Roads go under construction. When the first phase of the work was completed in 2011, delays on Lake Cook Road of over an hour between the Tri-State Tollway and Waukegan Road were not uncommon. Earlier: Lake Cook 2013 Roadwork Plan Unveiled This time, officials from Deerfield and Northbrook got involved with the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways and a plan was developed to keep people informed of progress and avoid some of the delays. Cook County officials did not sugarcoat the effect of the changes. “It’s going to be tough getting in and out (of commercial …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Readers overwhelmingly favor the fastest approach to next year’s Lake Cook Road construction.
Roadwork scheduled next year on Lake Cook Road between Deerlake and Waukegan Roads should be done as soon as possible even if the work must go on 24 hours a day seven days a week, according to the latest Patch poll. Of the 71 persons who responded to the unscientific survey gauging readers’ opinions between Monday and Wednesday, 64 favor around the clock work while seven would take a slower approach. Earlier: Patch Poll: Should Lake Cook Construction Be 24/7? For reader David Greenberg, there is little question. He wants the work done as quickly as possible. “Get it done already,” Greenberg writes. “Unless there's some valid reason why extra shifts can't be used (such as waiting for concrete to dry and set), there's no excuse. Handle it, …