Two of central Lake County's busiest railroad crossings will be closed for repairs starting late next week.
Crews will be working on the Canadian National Railway tracks near Route 60 and Butterfield Road, which is along the border between Mundelein and Vernon Hills. That means the crossings on both of those roads will be closed for about a week.
A section of track will be replaced and the roadway at the crossings will be resurfaced, Mundelein Public Works Director Adam Boeche said.
The Butterfield Road crossing is a particularly bumpy one for motorists.
"This will be a substantial improvement," Boeche said.
The work, which is being handled by the rail company, will begin May 30 and should conclude June 6. Motorists should use Route 45 as a detour until the crossings reopen, officials said.
Route 60 is one of the county's most-traveled roads, with thousands of cars traveling through the area daily as people head to and from Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills, local shopping centers and area business parks.
Because so many drivers go through that area daily, the construction "definitely (will) have an impact on traffic," Mundelein Deputy Police Chief John Monahan said.
Even motorists who avoid Butterfield Road or Route 60 could see traffic delays, Monahan said.
"They should add another five or 10 minutes to their commute, just to be safe," he said.
Richard Frillman, the manager of an American Mattress store on the northwest corner of Route 60 and Butterfield Road, doesn't think the track work will affect his business.
"We're so well known in Chicagoland, we're confident people will find their way to us," Frillman said.
The Metra rail crossing at Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville recently was closed for track repairs, too.