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Helping Algonquin congestion

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In response to your article “Firms make pitch for Randall Road Project” (Oct. 8), may I suggest that there are some measures that could be made easily at little or no cost to help some of the congestion in intersections along Randall and Algonquin roads.

Of course, I haven’t made a formal study, but I notice that many times the green lights and, especially, green left-turn arrows are not long enough to clear the traffic.

For example, traveling east on Algonquin Road, I have sat through several lights to cross Randall Road because the light was only green for a few seconds. This causes a lot of congestion, affecting people entering and exiting businesses in that area.

I have noticed similar settings at other intersections farther east along Algonquin Road.

Lastly, although Algonquin Road will be back to four lanes next year, the eastbound-westbound traffic across Route 31 still will be impeded by poor light timing at Harrison and Algonquin roads, which gridlocks the intersection and creates an accident-prone situation.

While studies are fine to determine need for longer-term solutions, if the village of Algonquin wants to improve the situation, please work with IDOT and other entities to apply some timing changes to the lights to help clear intersections of traffic during each cycle.

Jerry Knight

Lake in the Hills

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