To the Editor:
Fleming Road looks terrific.
It is a pleasure to drive on the smooth pavement, and the roadside environment is still soothing and beautiful.
The collaboration between the McHenry County Division of Transportation and TranSystems Co. and Curran Contracting Co. is one for awards and professional journals – both highway engineering and environmental.
We were pleased that the final design left the road in its current footprint and profile, included The Safety Edge, did not interfere with the Class III watershed, and, during construction, the road was closed rather than use a temporary road that would have resulted in certain destruction of many old trees.
We appreciated the informative preconstruction meeting and the card with the contact information for MCDOT and TranSystems.
Now that the repair is finished, the fact that there is no evidence that anything even happened along the road gives testimony to the competent and careful manner in which everyone worked on the repair.
Thanks also to the members of the Transportation Committee and the County Board who adopted the context sensitive design process.
The design and repair of Fleming Road indicate that McHenry County is at the forefront of building safe roads while minimizing, or in this case, eliminating any adverse impact on the environment.
Mary Moltmann and Ed Bennett