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Municipalities, MCCD to share in Route 31 bike path maintenance

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 3:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 11:41 p.m. CDT

As part of the Route 31 and Algonquin Western Bypass improvements, Illinois and McHenry County contributed toward the cost of a bike path.

However, local taxing bodies will be responsible for the future maintenance of the roughly two-mile path, part of which has been built.

McHenry County, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Cary and the McHenry County Conservation District will split the costs of future maintenance of the bike path, under the terms of a proposed agreement.

Cary and the conservation district have approved the agreement. The McHenry County Board is scheduled to consider the agreement on Dec. 17. Algonquin and Lake in the Hills will consider the agreement next week.

According to the agreement, it is estimated to cost $120,000 – in 2013 dollars – to reconstruct the bike path. Reconstruction is expected to be needed in 15 to 20 years.

The five taxing bodies each will be responsible for 20 percent of the cost, or about $24,000 each.

The path will run from 1,250 feet south of Rakow Road to Main Street in Algonquin.

“This corridor was viewed as a strategic connection point for a regional bike path,” Cary Village Administrator Chris Clark said this week.

The entities had been in discussions for the agreement for 16 months.

Clark said the agreement was done in the “spirit of intergovernmental cooperation.”

According to a memo written by Clark, outside grant funding for the future project might become available because of the importance of the path and the nature of the intergovernmental agreement.

That would help reduce the local costs for the project, Clark said.

“It’s also possible that the village may be able to negotiate with a future developer to assume the cost for future bike path replacement,” Clark wrote.

The state began building the bike path as part of the Route 31 improvements.

According to county documents, the bike path is a regional path with connections to the existing bike path in front of the Walmart in Crystal Lake, the Virginia Road park-and-ride lot and Main Street in Algonquin.

County documents also say regional connections are planned to be made to Hoffman Park in Cary and the conservation district’s trail access near Algonquin Road.

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