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Route 31 improvements

To the Editor:

The Illinois Department of Transportation has planned an open house public meeting at the McHenry County College Shah Center Route 31 and Shamrock Drive) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, soliciting public opinion on major improvements to a large section of Route 31 between Route 176 in Crystal Lake and Route 120 in McHenry.

Presentation of provocative downtown intersection configurations will be presented. The most extreme proposed configuration includes potential restrictions on access to our banking office at Front and Elm (Route 120) in McHenry. Last year, McHenry County and IDOT approved crippling roadway modifications, radically restricting access to our banking office at 612 S. Route 31, just south of Bull Valley Road.

Previously, IDOT has demonstrated little, if any, concern for maintaining access or developing alternative methods of entering/exiting well-established local businesses and others, such as churches and residences. Therefore, your public input is vital so local officials make the right choice in the best interests of the community at large.

To be clear, The First National Bank of McHenry supports needed public improvements to our congested and under-resourced thoroughfares. However, these improvements are being designed to wasteful and unneeded federal highway standards by bureaucrats who have no clue or concern for the needs of local businesses. Public roadway improvements must work for all concerned.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, kindly review the various alternatives and submit your comments electronically at www.ilRoute31.com

William J. Busse

President, First National Bank of McHenry

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