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Trustees Provide Businesses With Dependable Water Supply

Construction plods along on Routes 21 and 137.

Libertyville trustees decided July 10 that it was worth nearly $50,000 to keep several businesses happy by installing a dependable water supply for them while .

The board approved an alternate method of installing water main connections for Walgreens, Adler Square, Business Center and the Holiday Inn Hotel, all located in that area.

Mayor Terry Weppler said all businesses in the area remain open, requiring an ample supply of drinking water. This is particularly necessary for those businesses that serve food, like the hotel.

Weppler said it is very important to do what the village can to help those businesses that are being affected by the lengthy construction schedule. The project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2013.

Public Works Director John Heinz agreed. He said the modified installation would also allow reducing the water main shut off time for the water main connection during the business hours.

The two-year, $23 million Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) project will rehabilitate 2.2 miles of Milwaukee Avenue from just south of the Route 137 intersection to Gurnee’s Merit Club subdivision and golf course.

Heinz said much of the project work (and delays) now going on have to do with utility relocations and installations. Some of the companies involved include AT&T, North Shore Gas, ComEd and others. IDOT is the coordinating agency.

Ideally, village officials say much of this work should have been done last year. They have urged IDOT to focus on road widening north of the Route 137 intersection, and hold off on the intersection until next year so it can limit the impact of construction and be completed in one season.  

Milwaukee Avenue will be expanded to a four-lane road north of the Route 137 intersection with a grass median in the middle. Traffic signals will be modernized at the 137 intersection, sidewalks will be added north of Casey Road on the east side of 21 to its northern terminus, and also south of Casey Road on the west side to just south of the 137 intersection.

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