Deerpath/Route 41 Viaduct/Pump Station Project

Project Description
The objective of the project is to mitigate the flooding problem at Deerpath and Route 41, by constructing a new pumping station at the southwest corner of Ahwahnee Lane and Deerpath Road.   

deerpath flooding


Latest Construction Update
Updated July 29, 2021 

On Deerpath Road:

Good news – work has been completed ahead of schedule, so Deerpath Road will be restored to two lanes next week! Additionally, access to all Route 41 entrance and exit ramps will reopen. Crews anticipate Deerpath will be open on Wednesday, August 4 – just in time for Lake Forest Day!

Crews need about a day to remove the barricades and officially open Deerpath up to two lanes between Ahwahnee Lane and the Route 41 Viaduct. While work continues on the pump station, there may be some intermittent lane closures with flaggers directing traffic.

At the southeast corner: 
The framing and installation of rebar for the pump station building will continue the week of August 2. Materials will be delivered to the job site and construction activities for the building will continue throughout the summer. Trucks will be entering and leaving the job site most of this week. Control measures, such as signage and flaggers, will be in place to direct traffic in and around this area.
 
On Deerpath Golf Course:  
Landscaping activities will continue around Detention Pond #1 (west pond) and Detention Pond #2 (east pond) the week of August 2. 

Construction Information
Contractor:  Berger Construction
Timeline:  Construction began in November 2020 and is expected to be completed by December 2022
Funding Amount/Source:  Project cost is $12,127,335 and is being funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Construction Hours:  Contractors are working from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. Should Deerpath need to be reduced to one lane, flaggers will be present to direct trucks entering and existing Deerpath Golf Course.
Project Completion Percentage (as of 7/29/21): 53%

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Questions?

Contact Bernard Pondexter, Engineering Assistant - 847.810.3556

Frequently Asked Questions

What specific improvements does the Project entail?
The Project will include the following components:
  • New pump station at Ahwahnee Lane and Deerpath Road
  • Additional storm sewers on Route 41 and Deerpath Road
  • Creation of two detention ponds on Deerpath Golf Course
  • Deerpath eastbound and westbound lanes will be widened by 6 feet (Under Route 41)
Where will the two detention ponds be located on Deerpath Golf Course?
The two ponds will be located on the Deerpath Golf Course, as indicated below.
detention ponds
What types of plants will be used adjacent to the new ponds?

All native plant materials will be used adjacent to and surrounding the detention ponds.

Please see the image below for the planting zones and view the detailed plant materials list by zone.

6.10.21 Golf Course Planting Zones

When is the project anticipated to be complete?
The project is currently on track to be completed by December 2022.
What will the new pump station look like?

Below is a drawing of the new pump station that will be constructed at the southwest corner of Ahwahnee Lane and Deerpath Road.

Pump Station Drawing 1

Where can I go to find more information about this project?
To view the IDOT project page for the Deerpath/Route 41 Viaduct/Pump Station Project, please click here.
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