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Rethink Randall project

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The McHenry County Board is spending $9 million on an engineering study for a $115 million improvement to Randall Road.

I feel this is excessive and unnecessary.

I agree that the Algonquin portion south of Route 62 gets quite crowded at peak times. Why wasn’t this engineered properly the first time, which was barely 10 years ago?

A continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads would be unsightly, costly and overkill. There are countless intersections in the metro area that are equally busy and people get by OK.

The LITH portion has much lighter traffic, and I drive this portion daily. The difference between no traffic and peak traffic for this portion is maybe 3 to 6 minutes. For those who feel this is a burden, there are five alternate routes – from Route 31 on the east to Route 47 on the west.

It has been argued that the weekend backup hinders Algonquin businesses. How will businesses and motorists feel about long construction delays for two years?

Thinking as responsible citizens, wouldn’t it be better to spend this money on more worthy endeavors? How about helping those hurt by the economy? How about decreasing state and federal crippling debt? How about decreasing road taxes? How about putting the money toward a dozen other worthy needs, or even toward more worthy road projects?

If time is money, spending $115 million to save five minutes isn’t worth it to me. Let’s see some simple travel time figures, and let the public decide.

Gene Sherman

Crystal Lake

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