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Firms make pitch for Randall Road project

Algonquin board hears design plans

ALGONQUIN – Two engineering and design firms working together with hopes of being awarded the design contract for the planned improvements to Randall Road introduced themselves on Tuesday to Algonquin Village Board members.

Representatives from Transystems and Bollinger Lach & Association gave a presentation on the Randall Road improvements, which includes the possibility of a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads.

The engineering firms are in negotiations with the county to design the project.

A similar presentation is scheduled for Lake in the Hills Village Board members later this week.

Todd Bright, vice president of Transystems, said the firms are ready to get started and design the improvements along Randall Road.

"We drive it every day," Bright said.

If awarded the contract, the firms would be charged with designing either a traditional intersection or a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads.

Bright said the firms would be able to design either type of intersection.

A continuous flow intersection is being considered as part of the plans when major improvements are made on Randall Road from County Line Road to Ackman Road.

At a continuous flow intersection, left-turning vehicles start turning several hundred feet before the main intersection at a crossover intersection. They head into separate lanes that allow them to turn left at the same time that other vehicles are going straight.       

At a continuous flow intersection, wait times for vehicles is expected to be much shorter than at a traditional intersection.

Even though a final decision on whether to put in a continuous flow intersection or a traditional intersection at Randall and Algonquin has not happened yet, County Board member Anna May Miller said federal grant funding for the project would require a CFI.

She added all of the jurisdictions along Randall Road need to have input in the project.

"This is not going to be a successful project unless it's a collaborative project," Miller said.

Craig Lukowicz, chief executive officer of Bollinger Lach & Associates, said the engineering firm would suggest having open houses for business owners and residents to come give input and learn about the project.

He said the firms would do their best to keep as many access points open at the intersection, which is a major concern with the CFI concept.

"We're going to do as much as we can to keep everybody open," Lukowicz said. "We obviously can't do everything they want, or it won't go anywhere, so there's going to have to be some compromise on both sides."

Algonquin Trustee John Spella emphasized the need for the county and the engineering firms to help the public understand the CFI concept.

"When people don't understand it, they don't like it because it's a change and people don't like change," Spella said.

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