Shermer Road Bridge/CBD Improvement Project - 2018

General Information

Tentative Completion Date November 2018
Project Manager Jeff Woss
708-472-3334
Contractor Multiple
Awarded Contract Amount To Be Determined
Funding Sources Bonds (80% funded through IDOT grant)

Special Notes

​Details on the First Phase of This Project

The 2018 portions of this project, which focus on the replacement of the Shermer Road bridge and some minor paving work on Shermer Road, are a continuation of the original project from 2017. To learn more about the 2017 project, see that project's page

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The Village recognizes that this project will impact a large number of residents,businesses and visitors. For that reason, the NotifyMe e-mail listserv is availlable to anyone who is interested in the project can get regular updates on the project as well as information on any detours. If you are interested, please subscribe at this link. Updates will begin when the project resumes in mid-August 2018.


Project Description


The Central Business District (CBD) is the Village’s downtown area, which includes retailers and restaurants, the Village Green Park and Northbrook’s Metra Station. In 2017, the Village completed work on a number of streets within the CBD including Shermer Road, Meadow Road, Cherry Lane and Church Street. Learn more about these improvements on the 2017 project page

In 2018, the second portion of this project will include the following components:

Please Note: All Businesses in the Central Business District Are Open and Accessible


All Businesses in the Central Business District are open and accessible. For route to get into the CBD and for parking directions, please see the Detour and Business Access Routes Exhibit.

Project Contacts


A large portion of the cost of the Shermer Road bridge project is being funded through a grant obtained from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  Approximately eighty percent ($1,060,836) of the project cost is covered by the grant. The Contractor is Dunnet Bay Construction and the consultant engineering firm performing construction observation on behalf of the Village is Bowman Consulting Group

If you wish to contact the Village of Northbrook with any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at 847-272-4711.

Current Project Update

November 16, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor completed the remaining work necessary to open the bridge to traffic. Next spring, crews will install the final decorative elements needed to complete the project. The spring construction will require daily lane closures but the bridge will remain open to traffic through the completion of the project. 

This week, the Village’s contractor resumed work on the Shermer Road pedestrian improvements and completed pouring of concrete sidewalk for the pedestrian crossing, curb, and gutter.

Previous Project Update

November 9, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor grooved the bridge deck and began layout of the brick parapet walls. Next week, crews will continue installing brick and stone on the parapets.

Next week, the Village’s contractor will resume work on the pedestrian improvements on Shermer Road following the resolution of a utility conflict. This work is expected to be complete by the end of the week, weather permitting. Work will require lane closures, but two-way traffic will be maintained. Once this work is complete, Shermer Road will be ground and the final asphalt surface will be put down.     



November 2, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor installed the posts for the new bridge fencing and began preparations to pave the asphalt street segments located on either side of the bridge. Next week, crews will pave those areas, groove the bridge deck and remove any unneeded equipment from the work area.

This week, the Village’s contractor began work on the pedestrian improvements on Shermer Road. Installation of the bump out and pedestrian island are expected to resume next week, after resolution of a utility conflict. This work will require lane closures, however two-way traffic will be maintained. Once this work is complete, the final layer of asphalt will be put down.



October 26, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor poured the parapet walls and the latex overlay on the new bridge beams. Next week, as the latex overlay cures, crews will begin asphalt pavement restoration and remove any excess equipment that at the work site.

This week, the Village’s contractor began work on the pedestrian improvements on Shermer Road. The installation of the bump out and pedestrian island are expected to be completed next week. Work will require lane closures, however two-way traffic will be maintained. Once this work is complete, Shermer Road will be prepared for the final layer of asphalt.



October 19, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor relocated utilities back onto the bridge and poured new concrete sidewalks. Next week, crews will pour the latex overlay on top of the newly installed bridge beams and begin forming the parapet walls.



October 12, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor formed and replaced reinforcement bars for the new concrete approaches to the bridge (pictured right) and poured the new pavement. Next week, crews will frame and pour the new sidewalk along and adjacent to the bridge and prepare to pour the latex overlay on top of the newly installed bridge beams.

Also next week, the Village’s contractor will begin installation of the curb bump out and the pedestrian island on Shermer Road near the Bank of America building. The curb bump out and pedestrian island are being installed to better define the new on-street parking adjacent to the Jacobs Townhome Development as well as provide a shorter crossing distance for pedestrians. While this work occurs, daily lane closures will be in place.



September 28, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor completed all erosion control work in the river (pictured right) and removed the temporary dam. Next week, crews will set new precast beams on the existing bridge abutments and begin removing and replacing the concrete road approaches to the bridge.


September 21, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor removed streambed material on the south side of the bridge and placed rocks to prevent riverbed erosion. The contractor also made concrete repairs to the south abutment wall and relocated the Porta Dam to the north side of the bridge in preparation for next week’s abutment repairs and excavation on that side.


September 14, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor began installing a temporary partial dam in the river (pictured right) to prepare for the installation of stone erosion control in the riverbed. Next week, crews will continue excavation and begin identifying and replacing small sections of failed concrete in the abutments.



August 31, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor completed removal and disposal of the existing bridge..Next week, crews will begin preparatory work to install new stone to protect the bridge’s abutments and pilings.

Following the Labor Day holiday, the Village’s contractor will begin installing brick crosswalks at the intersection of Church Street and Shermer Road. This work is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 weeks to complete. The crosswalks will be installed in phases and traffic will be shifted between lanes.

The contractor will also install the pedestrian crossing improvements, including a curb bump out and pedestrian island, on Shermer Road. Following this work, the contractor will mill Shermer Road between Angle Avenue and Church Street to place the final layer of asphalt. Milling and paving operations are expected to take approximately two weeks and are anticipated to be done in October.



August 24, 2018

This week, the Village’s contractor removed the brick sidewalks, pavement, and surface from Shermer Road Bridge. Next week, crews will remove the deck beams that support the surface of the bridge.

Beginning September 4, the Village’s contractor will begin installing brick crosswalks at the intersection of Church Street and Shermer Road. This work is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 weeks. Motorists are asked to use caution, as traffic will be shifted between lanes during this project.

The project also includes installation of pedestrian crossing improvements, including a curb bump out and pedestrian island, on Shermer Road between Angle Avenue and Church Street. Staff anticipates this portion of the project will be complete in October.



August 19, 2018

This week, AT&T completed the final utility relocation work and the Village’s contractor began demolition of the bridge.


August 12, 2018 - Bridge Closure Begins

This week, the Village’s contractor closed the Shermer Road Bridge to begin replacing the bridge deck. Crews also removed the bridge’s railing and parapet walls. Next week, crews will complete any remaining utility relocation needed.


July 27, 2018 - Bridge Closure Date Announced 

With utility relocation work nearly complete, the Shermer Road Bridge Replacement project will resume on Monday, August 6. As part of this, Shermer Road between Church Street and Village Green Park will be closed beginning August 6 and remain closed until the project is completed in November. Signage will be posted to keep motorists and pedestrians updated on the closure and detour. 


June 28, 2018 

Beginning on Monday, August 6, the Shermer Road bridge will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic for a period of roughly three months. Utility work is currently anticipated to occur in mid-July. More updates will be posted in July as more details become available.



February 23, 2018 - Project Temporarily Delayed (Anticipated to begin again mid-August)

Due to a utility conflict, the anticipated start date for the Shermer Road Bridge Project has been delayed and the previously announced date for the closure of the bridge will be rescheduled. Earlier this week, utility company representatives concluded that they could not temporarily relocate their lines, which are located under the bridge sidewalk, outside of the project area as planned. This conflict will require the designing and implementing of a permanent solution. This work is currently estimated to take five to six months to complete. We expect the bridge work to begin mid-August.

The Shermer Road Bridge Project consists of the removal and replacement of the bridge deck and precast concrete beams that carry Shermer Road over the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River as well as some ancillary work at the site. In order to complete the project, the bridge will be closed for roughly three months. For more information on the project and to sign up to receive future email updates regarding the project, please visit the Village’s website at www.northbrook.il.us/shermerbridge.



February 16, 2018

As part of the Shermer Road Bridge Replacement Project, crews will be onsite to perform preliminary utility work next week. Pending successful relocation of any utilities located in and around the site, staff anticipate bridge closure will begin Monday, February 26 and continue until the project is completed in mid-June. During the closure, traffic traveling through the area will be detoured to Waukegan Road, Founders Drive, and Techny Road (see above). Please
note, all local businesses will be open for the duration of the project.

For more information, please visit www.northbrook.il.us/shermerbridge. For regular email updates, please subscribe to the Shermer Road Bridge Replacement Project list at www.northbrook.il.us/notifyme.



February 9, 2018

As part of the Village’s upcoming project to replace the deck of the Shermer Road bridge (located in the Central Business District) local utility companies will begin relocating their infrastructure next week. Staff anticipates the bridge will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, February 26 and continuing until project completion in mid-June. Notices have been distributed to all downtown businesses and additional notices will be mailed to surrounding residences. Additionally, staff installed changeable message boards on Shermer Road to notify residents, businesses, and visitors of the exact closure date and other important information.

For more information on this project, please visit www.northbrook.il.us/shermerbridge. For regular email updates on this project, please subscribe to the NotifyMe’s Shermer Road Bridge Replacement project list at www.northbrook.il.us/notifyme.



December 27, 2017 - Work Announcement

Work on this project is anticipated to begin in February 2018 when the various utility companies will be relocate their equipment and assets. Future updates will be posted here as they become available.