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Advance work is ahead for Miller Road project

McHENRY – Crews are laying the groundwork to work over the winter on the Charles J. Miller Road bridge.

The construction is part of a larger project that involves widening Miller Road to four lanes from River Road to Route 31 and adding turn lanes on River Road.

The project initially was brought before McHenry County residents in 2009, but land acquisition held up the timeline, said Wally Dittrich, design manager for the McHenry County Division of Transportation.

Instead of doing the entire length in one go, the county decided to move ahead with the portion from River Road to the McHenry wastewater treatment plant, Dittrich said.

Work on the actual road isn’t likely to start until spring, but between environmental restrictions and boating season, the best time to do the work that requires being in the water is the winter, he said.

If the area sees another mild winter, work such as moving dirt and laying the groundwork could be done, Dittrich said. Contractors are laying temporary pavement now, just in case.

The $12.1 million project will be funded in part with $5,288,000 million in federal funds, according to county documents. The remainder will be paid with county funds.

The county is still in the process of acquiring land needed to do the remainder of the Miller Road project, which makes any timeline on when the rest of the project could move ahead tentative, Dittrich said.

The transportation division will release more information today, and it plans on setting up a separate project website like it has done for other road projects.

For information, visit and click “Departments,” and then find “Division of Transportation” under the “D” heading.


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