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Grayslake Atkinson Road extension to begin in December

Updated: January 9, 2013 1:45AM

The construction of Atkinson Road is expected to begin next month, according to Mayor Rhett Taylor.

Taylor considers this one of the Village’s most important road projects for 2013.

“The Atkinson Road extension will be a significant addition to our transportation infrastructure for both businesses in the area and the public. It will help to reduce current traffic congestion and make adjoining roads safer,” he said.

Taylor said the extension would take about a year to build.

Originally, a two-lane country road, the Village expanded it’s capacity to a three-lane arterial in the late 1980s.

Then in the mid-1990s with growth taking place in the area, the Village and the Illinois Department of Transportation planned the road’s extension from Route 120 south to Route 137, utilizing funding help from both federal and state agencies.

The Village will cover about one-third the cost, or $2.5 million.

Taylor says Atkinson Road’s extension is one of a two-part plan to eventually improve two major intersections at Route 120 and Route 83, and at Route 137 and Route 83.

The Atkinson Road extension will, in time, connect to a realigned Route 83, that will eliminate the current Route 137/Route 83 Ivanhoe intersection.

However, construction plans are fuzzy since no state funding has been earmarked for these two intersection projects, Taylor indicates.

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