Detour: Backup worsening in FRG on Routes 14, 22

Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 11:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT

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• ROUTE 22: Repaving work has begun on Route 22 from Route 14 to Route 12. Expect delays, especially because Route 22 is a designated alternate route for the closed Miller Road. Work is expected to be finished in October.

Also watch out for emergency vehicles, given that Route 22 is the main access to Advocate Good Shepherd. Road workers will be giving priority to those vehicles.

• ROUTE 14: We’ve been hearing that the backup on eastbound Route 14 as workers renovate the Fox River Grove Metra station has gotten really bad, so plan extra travel time.

• INTERSTATE 90 AND ROUTE 47: Be prepared for delays along Route 47 as work continues to create a full interchange. The completion date for the $69 million project is set for late fall.

Also, be prepared for heavier traffic on Route 47 as the Illinois Department of Transportation begins closing other north-south bridges as part of the I-90 widening project.

• RANDALL ROAD: Watch for temporary daytime lane closures as workers do crack-sealing work between Route 72 and Highland Road. The stretch of road includes the interchange with Interstate 90.

Work is expected to be finished by the end of the month.

• CHARLES MILLER ROAD: Work is ongoing to create another two-lane span over the Fox River and widen Miller Road to four lanes with dedicated turn lanes from Route 31 to River Road.

The first phase, which consists primarily of building the new span and improving the intersection of Miller and River roads, will cost about $12 million and is expected to be finished by the end of October, weather permitting.

• ROUTE 120: Expect delays due to a $2.2 million resurfacing project already underway between Route 14 and Charles Road through Woodstock.

• FLEMING ROAD: The rebuilding of Fleming Road between Route 120 and Country Club Road is done, and the scenic drive – now free of potholes – is open to traffic.

• WESTERN BYPASS: Watch for workers and delays as workers continue a $33 million project to build a 2-mile, four-lane highway west of downtown Algonquin to relieve congestion on Route 31.

Algonquin Road between Main Street and Meyer Drive will be down to one lane through this fall. Watch for lane closures on Route 31/Main Street. South Main Street has one lane closed between Edgewood and Huntington drives, and North Main Street has one lane closed between Cary-Algonquin Road and Linden Avenue.

Huntington Drive will remain closed between Circle Drive and South Main Street through summer 2014. A detour to Edgewood Drive is posted.

• ROUTES 31 AND 176: Watch for delays as workers continue a $10.18 million improvement of the five-point intersection.

• CRYSTAL LAKE ROAD: Work is ongoing on a $1.28 million project to resurface and improve traffic signals on Crystal Lake Road in McHenry, from Bull Valley Road to Route 120.

• LAWRENCE ROAD BRIDGE: Lawrence Road is down to one lane with a temporary traffic signal as workers replace the bridge over Piscasaw Creek. Weidner Road is closed at its intersection with Lawrence Road. The project is scheduled to be finished at the end of October.

• HILL ROAD BRIDGE: Hill Road southeast of Richmond remains closed while workers replace a bridge over the north branch of Nippersink Creek. Work is expected to be finished in September.

• JOHNSBURG ROAD: Only westbound traffic is allowed to travel along the road from Chapel Hill Road to Cherokee Drive. Eastbound traffic is being rerouted through a Route 31/Route 120/Chapel Hill Road detour.

• READ ALL ABOUT IT: You can sign up at NWHerald.com/newsletter to get a weekly email update on road projects throughout construction season. You also can find updates online at NWHerald.com/construction.

SOURCES: McHenry County Division of Transportation, Kane County Division of Transportation, Village of Algonquin, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Toll Highway Authority, Dorr Township

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