A section of Monaville Road in Lake Villa will reopen next week once emergency repairs are complete

A road closure remains in place on Monaville Road just west of Cedar Lake Road in Lake Villa as crews replace a failing culvert. | Photo provided

County officials said a section of Monaville Road in Lake Villa is expected to reopen next week after crews closed the road for an emergency culvert repair nearly two months ago.

The culvert is located on Monaville Road just west of Cedar Lake Road in Lake Villa.

Signs of a potential culvert failure were noticed April 13 during a routine road inspection by Lake County Transportation Division maintenance personnel.

The Lake County Division of Transportation has closed Monaville Road to through traffic from Fairfield Road to Cedar Lake Road.

A signed detour was put in place while repairs were planned, officials said.

The culvert was aging and a project was planned to replace it later in 2022, the transportation division said.

A road closure was put in place on April 13 after a culvert located on Monaville Road, just west of Cedar Lake Road in Lake Villa, was found to have failed during a routine inspection. | Photo provided

On Wednesday, officials said in an update that the causeway is expected to reopen the week of June 6.

The contractor has since installed the new precast culvert.

After the culvert was placed, crews installed reinforcement bars, poured the two-stage concrete wall that hardened over the holiday weekend, and installed a waterproof barrier.

Efforts are now shifting to have the road paved and ready to open next week, the transportation division said.

Work will continue on site after opening to traffic for minor grading, installation of guardrails and landscaping.

The detour route from Cedar Lake Road to Rollins Road to Fairfield Road remains in place.

Local traffic has access from Fairfield Road east of the culvert. The road near the culvert is still closed to all traffic.

“We thank everyone for their patience and the contractor who worked in the rain and over the weekend to move the project forward,” county officials said.