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LCDOT's Fairfield Road/Route 176 Intersection Project


Road construction around Lakewood Forest Preserve's main entrance on Route 176 continues.

The preserve's entry may be closed additional days ahead as LCDOT crews complete adjacent road and intersection work. Preserve visitors should watch for signs directing to alternative entrances, or use the Ivanhoe Road entrance.  

View LCDOT project updates and information

Rev 7-25-14


Lakewood Forest Preserve is benefitting from a major Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) road widening project at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Route 176 in Wauconda. Work will extend into 2014.

 In addition to roadway improvements, wetland basins near the preserve's Route 176 entrance are being excavated. 

Project Updates & Alerts


During construction, access to Lakewood, the Lake County Discovery Museum, the Dog Exercise Area and all adjacent trails will remain open though minor interruptions and temporary closures may occur. Be alert to signage that may direct to alternative preserve entrances. 

Underpasses and paved sections of the Millennium Trail and Fort Hill Trail are complete and open to trail users.

View project map.