Skokie/Sunset Ridge Infrastructure Improvements

Please note

This page only discusses the public improvements to be done by the 1000 Skokie project developer. Details on the development itself can be found at this link.

General Information

Tentative Completion Date November 17, 2017 (public improvements only)
Project Manager Tom Lerick, Lifetime Construction;
Matt Farmer, Village of Northbrook - 847-272-4711
Contractor Lifetime Construction
Contract Award Amount N/A - This is private project.
Funding Source N/A - This is private project.

Project Description

This project consists of pavement widening on Skokie Boulevard and Sunset Ridge Road. The pavement widening included in this project will create a new dedicated right-turn only lane on Sunset Ridge to southbound Skokie from the intersection as well as dedicated left-turn only lanes on Skokie at Sunset Ridge. This work will be largely contained to the area between 899 to 1001 Skokie and from 1000 Sunset Ridge to its intersection with Skokie. 

Additionally, as part of this project, the developer will install new storm sewer and sidewalks and a new traffic signal at 1135 Skokie and complete pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Skokie and Sunset Ridge.

Two-way traffic and local business access will be maintained throughout this project.

Project Locations

The project will be limited to the areas immediately surrounding the intersection of Skokie and Sunset Ridge with pavement widening occurring mostly between 899 to 1001 Skokie and from 1000 Sunset Ridge to its intersection with Skokie. Sidewalk installation will take place between the intersection of Skokie and Sunset Ridge and 899 Skokie. See a map of this project at this link.

Current Project Update

October 19, 2018

This week, the Developer’s contractor installed the pavement transitions for the businesses on the east side of Skokie Boulevard and placed permanent striping along Skokie in front of Lifetime Fitness’s site entrances. Additionally, the contractor removed curb and gutter on the west side of Skokie and along Sunset Ridge Road in anticipation of storm sewer installation work at the intersection next week.

October 5, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor placed deck beams for the new bridge on the existing abutments. Next week, crews will form the road approaches to the bridge.

September 28, 2018

This week, the contractor installed the pavement sublayers in the northbound lanes of Skokie Boulevard and worked on parkway grading, driveway apron transitions, and sidewalk installation. Next week, the final asphalt layer will be placed in the northbound lanes of Skokie. After this work is completed, all traffic lanes will be shifted to the east to allow crews to begin widening the pavement on the western side of Skokie.

September 21, 2018

This week, the contractor working for the developer of 1000 Skokie Boulevard finished pouring new concrete in the northbound lanes of Skokie Boulevard. They also worked on storm sewer improvements, light and utility pole relocations and prepared the roadway base for asphalt paving. Next week, crews will move on to the second stage, which includes improvements to the entrances.

September 14, 2018

This week, the contractor working for the developer of 1000 Skokie Boulevard poured new concrete for the driveways, curb, and gutter located in the northbound lanes of Skokie. Next week, crews will prepare the widened area for paving.

August 31, 2018

This week, the contractor at 1000 Skokie Boulevard continued installing new storm sewer. Next week, crews will begin forming curb and gutter on the east side of Skokie.

August 24, 2018

This week, the contractor continued installing new storm sewer pipe. Next week, crews will continue the installation, begin removing old sidewalk, and preparatory work to lay a base for the new pavement.

August 17, 2018

This week, the contractor for the 1000 Skokie Boulevard development
continued installing storm sewer pipe and began preparatory work for next week’s curb and sidewalk installations in the area. This work will include pavement widening on Skokie and installation of a dedicated right-turn lane from Sunset Ridge Road to southbound Skokie.Previous Project Updates

August 10, 2018

This week, the contractor for 1000 Skokie Boulevard received and began installing the storm sewer pipe. Staff anticipates the pipe installation will be completed next week and curb installation will follow immediately after. This work is part of the 1000 Skokie Boulevard development; it will include pavement widening on Skokie and the installation of a dedicated right-turn lane from Sunset Ridge Road to southbound Skokie.

August 3, 2018

This week, the contractor for 1000 Skokie Boulevard began placing the base for the new northbound lanes on Skokie. Next week, crews will begin work on the traffic signal. This work is part of the 1000 Skokie Boulevard development; it will include pavement widening on Skokie and the installation of a dedicated right-turn lane from Sunset Ridge Road to southbound Skokie.

May 3, 2018

On Tuesday, May 1, the Village and other parties held a meeting to discuss the status of the utility relocations associated with this project. At this time, the contractor intends to start construction at the Memorial Day holiday.

February 28, 2018

The 1000 Skokie developer has not provided additional utility information for the intersection work at Sunset Ridge Road and Skokie Boulevard as of the last week of February. The Village is working with the developer to establish a schedule for utility relocations followed by intersection and signal work.

January 19, 2018

The 1000 Skokie Boulevard developer’s consulting engineer notified the Village that they are working to resolve any utility conflicts preventing the construction of the project’s public improvements with their respective owners. The consulting engineer anticipates all plan revisions will be completed by the end of the month, with any potential relocations beginning in February, weather permitting.

November 11, 2017

The 1000 Skokie developer’s contractor has identified utility lines that are in conflict with the proposed infrastructure for this project. As a result, the developer’s engineer met with the utility companies to determine required changes. Based on those discussions, work is not expected to proceed this year due to the conflicts and colder weather. The contractor will install the required traffic control devices, hotmix asphalt at the driveways to Dania Furniture, and clean up the area for the winter.

October 27, 2017

This week, the 1000 Skokie developer’s contractor closed a northbound lane of Skokie Boulevard to remove the parkway area for pavement widening to accommodate the storm sewer and curb installation. The contractor has identified unexpected utility lines that are in conflict with the proposed infrastructure and the developer’s engineer is working on options to resolve these issues. While this work occurs, driveway closures will be staged to allow access to all businesses.

October 6, 2017

This week, the 1000 Skokie developer’s contractor closed a northbound lane of Skokie Boulevard to saw cut the pavement and start pavement removal. Next week, the contractor will begin storm sewer installation in the closed lane. While this work occurs, driveway closures will be staged to allow access to all businesses.

September 29, 2017

Last week, the developer for 1000 Skokie finished the temporary signal installation at the intersection of Skokie Boulevard at Sunset Ridge Road. During the week of October 2, work will begin in the roadway with removal of the concrete island on Sunset Ridge Road at the intersection, along with saw cutting the outside lane curb and gutter on Skokie and Sunset Ridge.

September 22, 2017

This week, the developer’s contractor began installing a temporary signal at the intersection of Skokie Boulevard and Sunset Ridge Road in anticipation of upcoming work in the area. The temporary signals are scheduled to be activated on September 28 and the existing signals will be removed. Roadway widening is expected to begin the first week of October.

This work is being done as part of the larger 1000 Skokie project and includes improvements to the intersection of Skokie and Sunset Ridge, as well as the installation of a new traffic signal at the entrance of the development and pedestrian improvements along Skokie.