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Busy McHenry Avenue set to be reworked

CRYSTAL LAKE – While it seems the construction season just ended, the Crystal Lake City Council this week approved measures to repair a busy roadway.

McHenry Avenue from Route 14 to the newly expanded Rakow Road will be resurfaced, storm sewers will be upgraded and a 10-foot-wide bike path will be installed near Crystal Lake South High School.

Drivers should prepare for intermittent lane closures during the resurfacing work, city officials said.

To accommodate the high school schedule, construction will start June 5 and the majority of the work will be done by Aug. 23. The final work should be finished by late September.

Construction crews will keep both lanes of McHenry Avenue open from July 1 through July 7 to ensure easy access tot he Lakeside Legacy Festival, city officials said.

Roads will be closed when crews install the water and ­sewer system upgrades along nearby Nash Road and Saint Andrews Lane. The City Council on Tuesday approved options that city engineers said will have the least impact on the neighborhood.

Saint Andrews Lane and Nash Road will be closed for six hours, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when crews install a new manhole at that intersection. That will be done first, then Nash Road will be closed for seven consecutive days to install upgraded storm sewer lines.

“It will allow the contractor to work more efficiently and safer,” Assistant City Engineer Abigail Wilgreen said.


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