Walkup Road is officially closed between Woodstock Street, next to Crystal Lake City Hall, and Route 176.
That portion of Walkup is expected to remain closed through September, according to city officials. The road was blockaded Monday morning so improvements to the intersection can be constructed.
A temporary traffic signal has been activated at Main Street and Route 176. On Tuesday afternoon, a section of Route 176 west of Walkup was down to one lane, adding to motorists' woes.
The Walkup Road improvement and expansion project is spearheaded by the McHenry County Division of Transportation. It is expected to be completed in spring 2013. Up-to-date information about the project and traffic alerts are available on www.WalkupRoad.com.
The approximately six-mile project runs from Route 176 in Crystal Lake north to Bull Valley Road. The work has been broken down into three segments. The middle segment has been completed.
The remaining two sections include the south end of Walkup at Route 176 in Crystal Lake, near Veteran Acres, and the north segment from Crystal Springs Road north to Bull Valley Road.
In Crystal Lake, the county is widening both Walkup Road and Route 176 by adding two through lanes in each direction and separate left and right turn lanes, said Assistant City Engineer Abby Wilgreen.
The project also involves adding new storm sewers, new water main lines along Route 176, pavement reconstruction, new curbs and gutters, and updated traffic signals.
A bicycle path will be built on the east side of Walkup Road from Gates Street to Veteran Acres Park to connect to another bike path completed last year in the first segment of Walkup Road improvements.
Residents can refer to www.WalkupRoad.com for project updates. The website also provides a map with detour routes to assist residents with getting around the construction site.