143rd and LaGrange Construction Begins March 21st

143rd and LaGrange Construction Begins March 21st
Posted on 03/18/2011

Crews have removed the remaining utility poles from 143rd Street and LaGrange Road in Orland Park, in preparation for the upcoming intersection improvements. The Metra overpass at 141st Street will be widened at the same time.

The village has received the necessary permits from the Illinois Department of Transportation so construction may now begin with intersection and roadway widening and reconstruction. Construction is expected to begin on Monday, March 21.

“The Village of Orland Park has been planning this project for several years,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “We have been working to improve the flow of traffic on both LaGrange Road and 143rd Street to relieve congestion along these two thoroughfares,” he added.

Signage has been posted along LaGrange Road, advising drivers of the upcoming construction and to expect minor traffic delays once the project begins. Drivers are reminded to proceed slowly and cautiously through the work zones.

“There will be traffic shifts and closures during the project which may require a change in a person's routine trip, but there will always be access in some fashion to every business within the work zone,” said Orland Park Director of Public Works and Engineering Ed Wilmes, adding, “We appreciate everyone's caution, patience and cooperation.”

The intersection improvements at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road are one of several major road improvements coming to the Village of Orland Park and will be accompanied by more than $160 million in Illinois Department of Transportation improvements over the next five years, according to IDOT's Five Year Road Improvement Program.

“This is a significant project for the village,” said Trustee Bernie Murphy, chair of the village's Public Works and Engineering Committee. “When it's completed, our residents will see a marked improvement,” Murphy added.

“The pedestrian overpass is a separate project from the Metra Bridge; however, they were bid at the same time by IDOT,” McLaughlin explained. “The village received a grant to make this very significant pedestrian connection,” he added.

Once completed, the overpass structures will allow for widening of LaGrange Road underneath. The pedestrian bridge will provide safe and convenient passage over LaGrange Road.

“This is part of Orland Park's objective to make the village more pedestrian friendly and to enable people to safely cross LaGrange Road,” McLaughlin said. “We need to connect both sides of LaGrange Road wherever we can,” he added.

“There will be a grade level crossing with timers displaying how many seconds are left before the light changes,” Murphy noted, adding, “We will also have the pedestrian overpass for safe and convenient passage over LaGrange Road,” he added.

A majority of the intersection improvements are expected to be completed around Veterans Day, 2011. IDOT's completion of the pedestrian overpass has not yet been determined.

Drivers are reminded that texting while driving and cell phone use in construction and school zones are illegal in the State of Illinois.

Detailed road construction updates can be found in the Public Works Department's area of the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us. Further information is available by calling 708/403-6350.

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Crews remove the last of the utility poles in preparation for the intersection improvements at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road. Intersection improvements are scheduled to begin March 21st.