Rockland Road Bridge Replacement

The Village of Libertyville and the Libertyville Township Road District have initiated a preliminary engineering study for a potential reconstruction of the Rockland Road Bridge over the Des Plaines River in the Village of Libertyville and Libertyville Township.  

Public Meeting #2
Exhibits: Public Information Meeting #2 

The Village and the Libertyville Township Road District are finalizing the preliminary engineering study.  Public Information Meetings on October 20 and 21, 2020. The purpose of those meetings was to present potential bridge aesthetic alternatives to the public and collect feedback. Based on feedback and subsequent engineering evaluations, a preferred alternative was chosen and refined.  It was presented at a Village Board meeting on November 24, 2020. Subsequently, coordination continued with both IDOT and the Lake County Forest Preserve District.  Public Information Meeting #2 is now scheduled.  The purpose of the meeting is to present the preferred alternative and accept public comments.  The details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: February 10, 2022 
Time:  5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. - Open House Format
Location:  Libertyville Village Hall, 2nd Floor Board Room, 118 W. Cook Ave., Libertyville, Illinois 60048

The proposed improvement includes impacts to the Old School Forest Preserve, a Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) property. The impacts to this resource have been minimized so that the function of the property will be maintained. The Village of Libertyville and Libertyville Township Road District are seeking public comments on the effects that proposed improvements to the Rockland Road Bridge will have on the Old School Forest Preserve. The Old School Forest Preserve, which is under the jurisdiction of the LCFPD, is a significant, publicly owned forest preserve and recreational area. As such, it is subject to protection under Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966. For the Rockland Road Bridge Project, the Village of Libertyville and Libertyville Township Road District intend to seek a Section 4(f) “de minimis” impact finding from the Federal Highway Administration based on determination that the project will not adversely affect the features, attributes, or activities that qualify the Old School Forest Preserve for protection under Section 4(f).

Effects of the Rockland Road Bridge project on the Old School Forest Preserve will include the permanent placement of stone rip rap at the base of the easterly abutment to prevent erosion, permanently re-aligning the path connection between the bridge and the Des Plaines River Trail based on coordination with the LCFPD, and temporarily impacting areas adjacent to the roadway to construct retaining walls and gain access to the bridge structure. Mitigation will include the construction of retaining walls and a narrowed roadway cross section to keep roadway grading slopes from adversely affecting the forest preserve property. Detailed documentation describing the impacts and mitigation associated with the effects of the Rockland Road Bridge Project on the Old School Forest Preserve will be available for review at Libertyville Village Hall from February 10, 2022 until February 24, 2022. 

The meeting will be conducted in an informal open house format.  Exhibits will be available for public viewing at the meeting.  Residents and interested stakeholders should feel free to attend the meeting at any time between 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.  Representatives from the Village of Libertyville, the Libertyville Township Road District, and the project consultant team will be present to discuss the project and answer any questions on an individual basis. 

The meeting will be accessible to persons with a disability.  Anyone in need of special assistance and planning to attend should contact Village Engineer Jeff Cooper at (847) 918-2105 by February 7, 2022.

Due to the current restrictions in place for the Restore Illinois plan, all attendees must wear a mask and practice social distancing.  No one will be allowed into the meeting without a mask.  Anyone with concerns regarding the meeting format may contact the Village representative above.

Regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic are under a constant state of uncertainty. In the event that regulations restrict in-person gatherings, the meeting may be canceled and rescheduled. Any cancelation will be posted on the project webpage on the Village’s website, at the meeting venue, and on social media. When a date can be determined to reschedule, the meeting will be re-advertised with letters addressed to residents and in the Daily Herald.