Letters to the Editor

More waste than at MCC

To the Editor:

I thought McHenry County College administration was bad. The County Transportation Committee makes them look like amateurs.

MCC only wanted to waste $42 million (well, for a starter). The County Transportation Committee wants to waste $115 million. That’s how much they want to “fix” Randall Road between Ackmann and County Line roads.

Why does the road need to be fixed? To save us from traffic problems that might or might not happen – in 15 years. Nobody knows what’s going to happen in 15 years. The county’s population is smaller today than in the 2010 Census.

But wait, there’s more.

Divide that number – $115 million – by 109,000 – the number of families in McHenry County. Conclusion: The Transportation Committee wants over $1,000 from every single family in McHenry County.

Is it worth $1,000 to you to – maybe – save a couple of minutes drive time 15 years from now?

Divide $115 million by the 3.5 miles to be fixed. The project cost is $33 million per mile. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association says the cost to add two lanes to an existing highway is $4 million to $5 million.

Do you think the county should overpay by six to eight times to fix what might be a problem in 15 years?

It’s not the road that’s getting fixed. It’s the taxpayers.

Citizens of McHenry County, if you don’t contact your County Board members today, then you deserve the government you get.

Stephen Willson

Lakewood 

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