Shermer Road Bridge/CBD Improvement Project - 2018

General Information

Tentative Completion Date November 2018
Project Manager Jeff Woss
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

Recieve E-mail Updates on The Status of This Project

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:
  • Replacement of the deck on the Shermer Road bridge
  • Final resurfacing of the pavement on Shermer Road between Church Street and Waukegan Road
  • Project Notification Letter (note: this letter was effective as of February 2018. The project has been delayed until mid-August 2018).
  • Detour Route during construction

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

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.

Previous Project Update

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

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 For regular email updates, please subscribe to the Shermer Road Bridge Replacement Project list at

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 For regular email updates on this project, please subscribe to the NotifyMe’s Shermer Road Bridge Replacement project list at

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.