U.S. Route 14 Widening (Crystal Lake Avenue to the City of Woodstock)

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The Illinois Department of Transportation will widen U.S. Route 14 starting at Crystal Lake Avenue and continuing north to the City of Woodstock to add an additional thru lane in each direction as well as a raised center median.  The improvement also includes upgraded traffic signals, water main and sanitary sewer improvements and upgraded storm sewer.  For more information, see IDOT's Project webpage at http://idot.illinois.gov/projects/us-route-14-reconstruction

Here is a link to IDOT's plans and specifications:  http://eplan.dot.il.gov/desenv/080114/62517-048/

IDOT Project Contact: Brian Fitzpatrick, IDOT Consultant with Burns & McDonnell                                                 Phone: (773) 895-6862                                                                                                                                            Email: bfitzpatrick@burnsmcd.com

City Project Contact: Steve Carruthers, Civil Engineer                                                                                             Phone: (815) 356-3605                                                                                                                                           Email: scarruthers@crystallake.org

Project Updates 

  • June 7, 2017: Final punch list items are substantially complete.
  • May 31, 2017: Final punch list items continue. 
  • May 24, 2017: Final punch list items continue.
  • May 17, 2017: Final punch list items continue.
  • May 10, 2017: Tree planting commenced. The contractor is working on final punch list items.  
  • October 12, 2016:  All lanes will be fully open the week of October 24, 2016. Sporadic daily lane closures will be necessary to complete punch list items this fall and in the spring of 2017 when a majority of the trees, shrubs, and perennials will be planted.
  • October 5, 2016: The pavement markings and installation of new signage is substantially complete.
  • September 28, 2016:  The new traffic signals were activated at Route 14/S. Ridgefield and Route 14/W Lake Shore (in Woodstock) on September 27. The contractor will be working on finishing up the pavement markings and installation of the new signage. 
  • September 21, 2016:  The new traffic signals were activated at Route 14/176 and Route 14/Woodstock Street on September 15 and at Route 14/Crystal Lake Ave on September 16. The temporary traffic signals were removed and the remaining sidewalk gaps filled. The new traffic signals will be activated at Route 14/South Ridgefield and Route 14/West Lake Shore (in Woodstock) on September 27. Once the temporary traffic signals at these two locations are removed and the remaining work completed the entire roadway will be opened. This is anticipated for some time in October. After the roadway is completely open to traffic, the entire system of traffic signals will be reviewed and optimized for efficiency. 
  • September 14, 2016:  The final layer of asphalt and pavement markings were placed on Route 14, south of Route 176.  The new traffic signals will be activated at Route 14/176 and Route 14/Woodstock Street on September 15 and at Route 14/Crystal Lake Ave on September 16. After the new traffic signals are activated, the temporary traffic signals will be removed and the remaining sidewalk gaps filled and topsoil placed.
  • September 7, 2016:  Topsoil continues to be placed. The traffic signal subcontractor continues pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. Work to fill in the gaps in the medians is substantially complete. Manhole adjustments and installation of traffic signal loops is substantially complete. The contractor placed the second asphalt test strip on September 6. As of September 8 in the morning the results of the test strip have not been obtained from IDOT. Assuming the test strip passes, the contractor hopes to finish the final layer of asphalt this next week.  The new traffic signals will be activated at Route 14/176 and Route 14/Woodstock Street on September 15 and at Route 14/Crystal Lake Ave on September 16.
  • August 31, 2016: Topsoil continues to be placed. The traffic signal subcontractor continues pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. Work to fill in the gaps in the medians is substantially complete. Manhole adjustments and installation of traffic signal loops is substantially complete. The contractor is required to put down a test strip of asphalt before they can place the final layer of asphalt south of Route 176 on Route 14. The contractor completed this test strip but unfortunately it did not pass the IDOT requirements. The contractor will be placing another test strip on September 2. If this test strip passes then they will finish the final layer of asphalt on September 8-9. The new traffic signals will be activated at Route 14/176 and Route 14/Woodstock Street on September 15 and at Route 14/Crystal Lake Ave on September 16.
  • August 24, 2016: The contractor finished placing the first layer of asphalt for the remaining lanes south of Route 176 to Crystal Lake Avenue. Manholes started to be adjusted along with the installation of traffic signal loops.  The traffic signal subcontractor continues pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. Work to fill in the gaps in the medians continues. Topsoil continues to be placed.
  • August 17, 2016: The contractor removed the pavement from south of Route 176 to Crystal Lake Avenue and put down the first layer of asphalt for two of the lanes.  Work to fill in the gaps in the medians continues. The traffic signal subcontractor continues pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. Topsoil continues to be placed. Next week they will finish placing the first layer of asphalt for this area then they will start adjusting the manholes and putting in the traffic signal loops. 
  • August 10, 2016: Topsoil continues to be placed. The traffic signal subcontractor continues pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. The permanent pavement markings continue to be placed during the overnight hours. Work to fill in the gaps in the medians continues. 
  • August 3, 2016:  Topsoil continues to be placed. The traffic signal subcontractor continues pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. The permanent pavement markings continue to be placed during the overnight hours. Work to fill in the gaps in the medians continues. 
  • July 27, 2016: The new traffic signal mast arms, posts and illuminated street names signs are substantially complete. Topsoil continues to be placed. The traffic switch occurred on July 25 and the new traffic signal at Lucas Road was also activated. The temporary traffic signal at the College Entrance was removed. All lanes on Route 176 were opened at Route 14. The traffic signal subcontractor started pulling all the wire for the traffic signals. The permanent pavement markings started to be placed. Work to fill in the gaps in the medians started. 
  • July 20, 2016: Installation of small sections of curb continues. Traffic signal foundations and light pole foundations continue to be installed. The new traffic signal mast arms and posts continue to be erected. Illuminated street name signs started to be installed. Topsoil continues to be placed in the medians and continues to be placed along the outer edges of the roadway. On Monday July 25, traffic will be switched to the outer edges of the roadway so work can be completed along the middle lanes next to the medians. This is the final traffic stage. The new traffic signal at Lucas Road will also be activated on July 25 so the temporary traffic signal at the college entrance can be turned off and removed.
  • July 13, 2016: Installation of small sections of curb continues. Traffic signal foundations and light pole foundations continue to be installed. The new traffic signal mast arms and posts continue to be erected. Topsoil continues to be placed in the medians and started to be placed along the outer edges of the roadway. On Monday July 25, traffic will be switched to the outer edges of the roadway so work can be completed along the middle lanes next to the medians. This is the final traffic stage! The new traffic signal at Lucas Road will also be activated on July 25 so the temporary traffic signal at the College Entrance can be turned off and removed. If possible, motorists should avoid Route 14 on July 25. 
  • July 6, 2016: Installation of curb continues. Traffic signal foundations and light pole foundations continue to be installed. Placement for the concrete in the turn lanes continues. Soil started to be placed in the medians. Paving of driveways is substantially complete. Work continues in the middle of the intersection of Route 14 and Route 176. As of July 1, the contractor will no longer be working due to the state requirement to shut down the project. 
  • June 29, 2016: Installation of curb continues. Traffic signal foundations and light pole foundations continue to be installed. Placement for the concrete in the turn lanes continues. Soil started to be placed in the medians. Paving of driveways is substantially complete. Work continues in the middle of the intersection of Route 14 and Route 176
  • June 22, 2016: Installation of curb continues. Traffic signal foundations and light pole foundations continue to be installed. Placement for the concrete in the turn lanes continues. Paving of driveways commenced. Work continues to be completed in the middle of the intersection of Route 14 and Route 176. Traffic along Route 176 for the westbound lane will be moved to the south side of the road to be adjacent to the eastbound lane on June 24. 
  • June 8, 2016:  Installation of curb continues. The concrete along the mainline of Route 14 was completed up to Lucas Road on June 3. Pavement patching along Route 14 between Crystal Lake Avenue and Woodstock Street was completed. The Lucas Road intersection is scheduled to reopen on June 10. Traffic signal foundations continue to be installed. Concrete will be placed for the turn lanes this week. 
  • June 1, 2016: Installation of curb continues. Placement of the concrete along Route 14 was completed up to north of Ridgefield Road. The concrete along Route 14 will be completed up to Lucas Road on June 3. Pavement patching along Route 14 between Crystal Lake Avenue and Woodstock Street is expected next week. Watch for traffic lane switches and traffic delays during the pavement patching work. The Lucas Road intersection should be back open to traffic on June 10. Traffic signal foundations continue to be installed.  
  • May 25, 2016: Installation of the aggregate stone base is substantially complete. Installation of curb continues as well as placement of asphalt. Placement of the concrete along Route 14 started and will continue next week.
  • May 18, 2016: Installation of the aggregate stone base continues. Installation of curb started south of Route 176 as well as the placement of asphalt. Placement of the concrete along Route 14 is anticipated to start the week of May 23. The west leg of Lucas Road was closed. Work continues at this intersection. 
  • May 11, 2016: Installation of the new storm sewer is substantially complete. Installation of the aggregate stone base continues. Installation of curb near the east end is expected to start next week. The west leg of Lucas Road will be closed starting Monday May 16 to complete the roadway reconstruction. The contractor anticipates the closure lasting approximately four weeks. 
  • May 5, 2016: Installation of the new storm sewer continues and installation of the aggregate stone base.
  • April 27, 2016: Installation of the new storm sewer continues and installation of the aggregate stone base. 
  • April 21, 2016: Installation of the new storm sewer continues. Concrete paving occurred along Route 176. The miscellaneous gaps will be filled in this week. The contractor continues installing the new storm sewer and fine grading along the west side of Route 14. 
  • March 17, 2016: Over the last month the contractor has removed the existing pavement along the south side of Route 176 and the west side of Route 14. Over the next few weeks they will be rough grading this area as well as installing the new storm sewer. 
  • January 28, 2016:  The contractor anticipates switching traffic along Route 14 to the new pavement on Monday February 1, 2016. The traffic switch is pending weather and any other unforeseen issues.
  • December 16, 2015:Removal of the temporary and old pavement continues along Route 176. Watermain was completed at the intersection of Route 14/176 and along Route 176. Pavement markings are mostly complete along westbound Route 14. Filling of that gap with concrete is expected the week of December 21. Work by the traffic signal subcontractor continues.   
  • December 9, 2015: Eastbound traffic along Route 176 was moved to the new pavement. Removal of the temporary and old pavement started along Route 176. Watermain and storm sewer work started at the intersection of Routes 14/176 and along Route 176. Pavement markings started being placed along westbound Route 14 in anticipation of traffic being switched to the new pavement the week of December 21. Before traffic can be switch along Route 14 to the new pavement, a gap exists at the intersection of Route 176/Route 14. Filling of that gap with concrete is expected the week of December 14. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues. 
  • December 2, 2015: Eastbound traffic along IL 176 will be moved to the new pavement on December 6. On December 7 the contractor will begin removal of the temporary and old eastbound pavement so storm sewer and water main work can be completed on IL 176.  Mainline pavement gaps have been completed along westbound US 14, curbs, drives and ancillary work continue to be completed. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues. 
  • November 25, 2015: Westbound traffic only along IL 176 has been moved to the new pavement. The contractor continues to fill in miscellaneous pavement gaps along westbound US 14 and at the intersection of US 14 and IL 176 so that all traffic can be switched to the new pavement. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues. 
  • November 18, 2015: The pavement has been placed in the widening areas for the westbound lanes along US 14. Traffic at the US 14/Ridgefield Road intersection has been moved to the new alignment and the old pavement has been removed. Westbound traffic only along IL 176 will be moved to the new pavement on November 19. The contractor will continue to fill in miscellaneous pavement gaps along westbound US 14 and at the intersection of US 14 and IL 176 so that all traffic can be switched to the new pavement before the Christmas holiday. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues. 
  • November 11, 2015:  The patching and paving work at Crystal Lake Avenue is complete. The contractor continues working on the westbound lanes along US 14. Work continues at the US 14/Ridgefield Road intersection to move traffic to the realigned Ridgefield Road and removing the old pavement. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues. 
  • November 4, 2015: The patching and paving work at Woodstock Street and Rockland Road is complete. The patching and paving work at Crystal Lake Avenue should be complete by November 6. The contractor continues working on the westbound lanes along US 14. Work at the US 14 Ridgefield Road intersection will include moving traffic to the realigned Ridgefield Road and removing the old pavement. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues  
  • October 28, 2015: Installation of the curb along US 14 for the westbound lanes is complete. Installation of the curb for the driveways started. The week of November 2, the contractor will be paving the westbound lanes along US 14 south of IL 176. To complete patching work at Woodstock Street and Rockland Road, the contractor will be closing Woodstock Street at US 14 and Rockland Street at US 14 starting on Tuesday November 3 through the overnight hours until Wednesday November 4. The appropriate notifications will occur. Work by the traffic signal and street light subcontractor continues. Pending weather, the contractor hopes to have all traffic on US 14 and IL 176 on the new pavement before Thanksgiving. 
  • October 21, 2015: Concrete paving along IL 176 is complete for the westbound lanes. Filling in the gaps that were left for driveways and side streets is complete. Installation of the curb along US 14 for the westbound lanes started. Earth excavation along US 14, south of IL 176 continues. The traffic signal and street light subcontractor have started working. 
  • October 14, 2015: Concrete paving along IL 176 continues. Filling in the gaps that were left for driveways and sidestreets continues. Installation of the curb along US 14, south of IL 176 is expected to start October 22. Earth excavation along US 14, south of IL 176 resumed on October 15.
  • October 7, 2015: Concrete paving along US 14 from IL 176 to the McHenry County College is complete for the westbound lanes. Concrete paving along IL 176 started for the westbound lanes and will continue. Installation of the curb along US 14 for the westbound lanes will start next as well as filling in the gaps that were left for driveways and side streets.
  • September 30, 2015: Earth excavation and installation of the aggregate subgrade along US 14, south of IL 176 continues. Paving along US 14 at Hickory Drive, started on October 1. The contractor started at Hickory Drive and is moving northward.  
  • September 23, 2015:  Water main relocation work north of Hickory Drive is complete. Earth excavation and installation of the aggregate subgrade along US 14, south of IL 176 continues. Paving along IL 176 also started.
  • September 16, 2015: Water main relocation work north of Hickory Drive is nearing completion. Asphalt paving for the westbound lanes is complete along US 14, north of IL 176. Earth excavation and installation of the aggregate subgrade along US 14, south of IL 176, is expected to start the week of September 21. Paving along IL 176 is also expected to start the week of September 21.  
  • September 9, 2015: Installation of the aggregate subgrade is substantially complete. Water main relocation work north of Hickory Drive continues. Asphalt paving and concrete paving continues to move east from the west end of the project limits near the College.
  • September 1, 2015: Installation of the aggregate subgrade continues. Water main relocation work north of Hickory Drive continues. Asphalt paving and concrete paving started at the west end of the project limits near the College. 
  • August 26, 2015: Installation of storm sewer along IL 176 is complete. Installation of the aggregate subgrade continues. Water main relocation along US 14, south of Hickory is complete. Water main relocation work north of Hickory Drive will start. The east leg of Crystal Lake Avenue at US 14 was opened August 26.
  • August 19, 2015:  Installation of storm sewer along IL 176 will be complete August 21. Installation of the aggregate subgrade continues. Water main relocation along US 14, south of IL 176 continues. The east leg of Crystal Lake Avenue at US 14 will be closed for water main relocation work on August 24 at 6:30 am through August 26. 
  • August 12, 2015: Installation of storm sewer along IL 176 started. Water main relocation along US 14, south of IL 176 continues. Installation of the aggregate subgrade started at the west end of the project limits the week of August 10. 
  • August 5, 2015: Earth excavation is complete. Installation of storm sewer along IL 176 will start the week of August 10. Water main relocation along US 14, south of IL 176 continues. Installation of the aggregate subgrade will start at the west end of the project limits the week of August 10. The McHenry County College entrance across from Lucas Road is now open. 
  • July 29, 2015:  Installation of storm sewer, water main relocation, and earth excavation continues. Work also continues at the McHenry County College entrance across from Lucas Road. Woodstock Street at US 14 will need to be closed on Tuesday August 4 until Wednesday August 5 for water main relocation to connect to our system. 
  • July 22, 2015: Installation of storm sewer continues along US 14 and IL 176. Water main relocation continues along US 14, south of IL 176. Work also continues at the McHenry County College entrance across from Lucas Road.
  • July 15, 2015: Earth excavation and storm sewer work continues along US 14 and IL 176. Water main relocation started on July 15 north of Crystal Lake Avenue along US 14.    
  • July 8, 2015:  Pavement removals, earth excavation and storm sewer work continues along US 14 and IL 176. 
  • July 1, 2015: Traffic was switched along IL 176. Pavement removals and earth excavation continues along US 14 and will start along IL 176. Storm sewer work continues. Ring Road, the MCC entrance across from Lucas Road, will be closed starting at midnight on July 5. This entrance will be open before the fall semester starts in mid-August.  
  • June 25, 2015: The temporary pavement was placed along IL 176. Traffic is anticipated to be switched along IL 176 the week of July 6. Pavement removals and earth excavation continues along US 14. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer is generally complete between Crystal Lake Avenue and IL 176. Storm sewer work continues. AT&T relocations are complete. 
  • June 17, 2015: Earthwork and preparation and placement of the temporary pavement along IL 176 continues. The temporary pavement should be placed soon. Pavement removals started along US 14. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer continues as well as installation of the new storm sewer. AT&T relocations are wrapping up.
  • June 10, 2015: Traffic was switched along US 14 on June 10. Earthwork and preparation and placement of the temporary pavement along IL 176 continues. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer continues as well as installation of the new storm sewer. AT&T relocations are still in progress, north of IL 176 and are expected to be complete within the next few weeks. 
  • June 3, 2015: AT&T relocations are still in progress, north of IL 176 and are expected to be complete within the next few weeks. Earthwork and preparation and placement of the temporary pavement continues. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer continues as well as installation of the new storm sewer. The contractor will be switching traffic to stage 1 on June 10
  • May 27, 2015: AT&T relocations are still in progress north of IL 176. Earthwork and preparation and placement of the temporary pavement also continues. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer continues as well as installation of the new storm sewer. The contractor anticipates switching traffic to stage 1 on June 8. 
  • May 20, 2015: AT&T relocations are still in progress, north of IL 176. Earthwork and preparation and placement of the temporary pavement also continues. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer continues as well as installation of the new storm sewer.
  • May 13, 2015:  AT&T relocations are still in progress north of IL 176. The contractor continues curb and sidewalk removal and topsoil stripping. Earthwork and preparation for the temporary pavement also continues. Placement of the temporary pavement along the west side of US 14 started in miscellaneous areas within the project limits. Installation of the relocated sanitary sewer started on the south end of the project limits by Crystal Lake Avenue on May 12.
  • May 6, 2015: AT&T relocations north of IL 176 are still in progress. The contractor continues curb and sidewalk removal and topsoil stripping. Earthwork and preparation for the temporary pavement also continues. Placement of the temporary pavement along the west side of US 14 started in miscellaneous areas within the project limits.
  • April 29, 2015: AT&T relocations north of IL 176 are still in progress.  Last week the contractor continued curb and sidewalk removal and topsoil stripping. Earthwork and preparation for the temporary pavement also started and will continue. The temporary pavement in front of MCC will be placed starting on April 30. 
  • April 22, 2015: AT&T relocations are still in progress, north of IL 176. Last week the contractor completed curb and sidewalk removal and topsoil stripping. Earthwork is anticipated to start on April 23. Preparation for the temporary pavement is anticipated to start on April 27. Installation of the sanitary sewer south of IL 176 is anticipated to start on April 29. 
  • April 15, 2015: Comcast and ComEd utility relocations are complete. Nicor anticipates being complete within the next few weeks. AT&T is still in progress; however, they are removing the existing poles along US 14, south of IL 176. The underground subcontractor anticipates starting the installation of the new storm sewer along US 14 at Crystal Lake Avenue next week. 
  • April 8, 2015: Utility relocations continue. The contractor continues to complete miscellaneous items while they wait for AT&T to relocate their facilities.
  • April 2, 2015: The temporary traffic signals have all been turned-on. Utility relocations continue. Traffic was shifted on April 1 so temporary pavement markings and traffic control could be placed to shift traffic to the first stage.
  • March 25, 2015: The temporary traffic signals have been installed. These temporary traffic signals are expected to be turned on the week of March 30. Utility relocations continue. Tree removals are substantially complete. As part of the project, 226 new trees of varying types and sizes will be placed from Lucas Road to Crystal Lake Avenue at the completion of the improvement.
  • March 19, 2015:  Utility relocations continue. Tree removal occurred along US 14 between McHenry County College and Crystal Lake Avenue the week of March 16.
  • February 19, 2015: All utility companies are unable to work this week due to the extreme temperatures. Nicor and Comcast still anticipate being complete with their utility relocations in March. AT&T anticipates being complete in June or July. The contractor has informed staff that they can start the roadway work in March or April despite AT&T relocations still being outstanding. 
  • February 5, 2015:  Nicor will be closing Woodstock Street at US 14 on February 6 from 7:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm to install a new line. ComEd is complete with their utility relocations. Comcast started their relocations and Nicor relocations continue. AT&T has not provided a definite schedule for their relocation work as of January 29.
  • October 29, 2014: Tree removal and brush clearing started on the west section as well as grading work. Utility work continues.
  • October 15, 2014: Utility work continues. 
  • October 8, 2014: AT&T and Comcast continue to make progress on the western portion of the project.  
  • October 1, 2014:
    • Overall: The contractor hopes to start putting down the temporary pavement for the west section in the next few weeks but they are evaluating if the old utility poles are in conflict. At this time the contractor does not know when they will start on the east section due to the utility relocations that are ongoing. At this time, both projects have a completion date of October 31, 2016 with 5 additional working days.
    • West Section: Nicor is complete with its utility relocation. ComEd and Comcast have minor work remaining. AT&T continues fiber optic cable installation, and expects to be finished by the end of October.
    • East Section: Nicor is approximately 60 percent complete, and anticipates completion by the end of the year. ComEd has started setting new poles, and expects to be complete by the end of the year. AT&T and Comcast are both waiting for the new utility poles before they can make significant progress on their relocations. 
  • September 24, 2014: City staff will attend the preconstruction meeting on September 29. Utility relocations by Nicor and ComEd continue. During the week of September 22, Nicor will be intermittently closing the eastbound lane of Woodstock Street at the intersection of US 14, for short periods of time. Nicor needs to open the roadway to expose the City’s existing water main and sanitary sewer to ensure they do not bore their new lines through them.  
  • August 7, 2014:  The bids were opened for the project at IDOT on August 1, 2014. The apparent low bidder was Plote Construction, Inc in the amount of $25,281,880.76.  It typically takes IDOT between 6 and 8 weeks to award and execute the contract.  Utility relocations started at the western project limits and continue east towards Crystal Lake Avenue. 
  • May 22, 2014: Utility relocations by ComEd and Nicor have started at the western end of the project in the City of Woodstock. 
  • April 17, 2014: IDOT informed the City that this project is now scheduled for an August 1, 2014 letting.
  • November 11, 2013: IDOT informed the City that this project is now scheduled for an April 25, 2014 letting.
  • May 31, 2013: Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014, pending funding and right-of-way acquisition.

US Route 14 Widening