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  • Route 21/137 project nearing an end May 12, 2014 5:54 PM
    The ongoing Route 137/21 intersection and widening project in Libertyville is 95 percent complete. This week various lane closures will be in place for crews to finish removing temporary pavement markings and install permanent pavement markings.

  • Downtown Libertyville prepares for another rail crossing shut down May 9, 2014 6:02 PM
    Driving through downtown Liberytivlle is not the smooth sailing that had been hoped for after busy Milwaukee Avenue was closed for five days for emergency replacement of the Metra rail crossing. “It’s terrible — the bump. It’s really ridiculous,” said Mayor Terry Weppler. The crossing again will be closed on May 17 as crews return to fix the problem.

  • Route 22 lane closure planned: May 9, 2014 4:50 PM
    Drivers will see lane closures on eastbound Route 22 between Essex Lane and Oakwood Lane, while crews do utility work as part of the Forest View single-family residential subdivision, village officials announced in a news release.

  • Traffic delays near Island Lake May 5, 2014 5:06 PM
    A repaving project on Route 176 near Darrell Road in the Island Lake area caused significant traffic delays Monday.

  • Route 131 work to start Monday May 1, 2014 5:16 PM
    Weather permitting, an intersection improvement project on Route 131/Green Bay Road from Route 173 to Russell Road in Zion, will begin Monday, May 5.

  • 'Code Red': 5-day road closure looms in Libertyville Aug 19, 2014 11:51 AM
    The work needs to be done but the closure of Milwaukee Avenue at the Metra crossing in downtown Liberytvillle beginning Friday morning is expected to be a mess for drivers, emergency responders and schools. "We are suggesting that people schedule everything earlier. It's going to be bad, especially initially," Public Works Director John Heinz said.

  • Wauconda OKs transportation study: Apr 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    Wauconda trustees on Tuesday approved a transportation study for Route 176 and other key roads, and agreed to forward the report to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • Construction set to resume in West Dundee Mar 21, 2014 12:19 PM
    Enjoy the unimpeded flow of Dundee Township traffic through the intersection of routes 72 and 31 now, because soon, long, backed up lanes set to return. Construction could resume on March 24 or April 1, said Francisco Abreu, resident IDOT engineer.

  • New lane openings spell relief for Route 137 in Libertyville Feb 20, 2014 5:40 PM
    It has been so long that motorists probably don't remember the last time a trip on Route 137 through the Route 21 intersection in Libertyville could be made without delays. Traffic is flowing again after two through lanes in each direction on Route 137 were opened this week.

  • Rolling Meadows wants Meacham Road funds held Feb 20, 2014 11:46 AM
    While elected officials agree that Rolling Meadows will not be involved in a Meacham Road project for the foreseeable future, the city council agreed Tuesday to ask that the Northwest Municipal Conference hold the $4.5 million in federal funds in case things change.

  • Rocky roads! How to navigate pothole territory safely Jan 14, 2014 7:44 AM
    Who's the boss? You or that pothole? Plow through or swerve? Some of the worst injuries occur during head-on collisions, warns Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler. It's second nature to swerve to avoid a pothole, but it could be a fatal decision. Here's the 411 on how to take control of the potholes that are popping up across the suburbs. Your car will thank you.

  • Improve your winter driving IQ Jan 13, 2014 4:48 PM
    Marni's skid into a snowbank and subsequent tire blowout is your gain as experts talk about winter driving - dispensing advice and exposing myths. Plus, readers vent about rail crossings, free Ventra event and Midway traffic.

  • Fatal accidents raise safety questions on Oakton Street Jan 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    Two deadly accidents within six months on Oakton Street near Elk Grove Village have caused some people to question whether safety measures couldn’t be installed. The fatal accidents — a 4-year-old boy hit by a semi-truck last July and a 66-year-old man struck by a car two weeks before Christmas — were in an area with a mobile home park on the north side and businesses on the south side. “They need a crosswalk out there,” said Mary Swieca, the wife of the second victim.

  • Traffic relief at Libertyville intersection depends on weather Jan 11, 2014 8:00 AM
    The new medians and pavement at routes 21 and 137 in Libertyville are complete but the widened intersection has not been open to traffic. Crews removed snow from those areas Friday and hope for a break in the weather next week so pavement markings can be replaced and some of the lanes opened. “It’s anybody’s guess when that might happen,” said John Heinz, Libertyville public works director.

  • Metra warns of issues for morning commute Jan 7, 2014 11:15 AM
    Suburban commuters should prepare themselves for delays and canceled trains on the way to work this morning with Metra already announcing a reduced schedule on the BNSF Line. A treacherous combination of frigid temperatures and ice caused accidents, frozen switches, equipment failures and unexpected messups on numerous routes Monday morning.

  • IDOT website helps drivers: Dec 18, 2013 5:56 PM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Getting Around Illinois website provides the latest on winter driving conditions, ongoing road construction, traffic volumes on state routes and the status of future projects.

  • Traffic shift for Route 21/137 project: Dec 12, 2013 4:08 PM
    Weather permitting, traffic on Route 137 and Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) in the Libertyville area will be placed in a new configuration Friday to complete remaining medians on all four legs of the intersection.

  • Rt. 31/120 choke point gets some first aid Dec 5, 2013 8:04 PM
    For anyone who’s fumed in traffic at the junction of Routes 31 and 120 in McHenry, relief is in sight. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office Thursday announced a $7.2 million contract with Woodstock-based Alliance Contractors to improve the congested intersection.

  • Route 21/137 intersection work: Dec 2, 2013 4:48 PM
    Work on the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Route 137 in Libertyville will move into high gear with night work scheduled for Tuesday.

  • Libertyville soon could see relief from big road project Nov 21, 2013 7:39 PM
    A long, disruptive road project in the Libertyville area is coming to a close. The Illinois Department of Transporation hopes to open all lanes of a widened Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) and Route 137 by Dec. 23. "We're getting close if if the weather holds up, I think we'll be OK," said Stan Masnik, project engineer. Advance work began in fall 2011.

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