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Algonquin bypass work to restart soon

ALGONQUIN – Motorists soon can expect to see construction workers back on Route 31 and Algonquin Road as they continue work on the western bypass.

Work is scheduled to begin again this week, weather permitting.

As construction goes on, there will be intermittent lane closures on Algonquin Road, between Main Street and Meyer Drive, Algonquin Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera said.

"They will not be the long-term closures that were on Algonquin Road last year," Kumbera said in an email. "The intermittent closures will be as-needed for work on the ramps, overpass and electrical work."

Kumbera said when the lane closures occur, there will be at least one lane open in each direction. The lane closures could vary, such as one lane being open for eastbound traffic, while there are two lanes open for westbound traffic.

The $33.3 million construction project includes construction of 2.11 miles of a four-lane divided highway, diamond interchange, four new bridges, retaining walls and noise abatement walls west of downtown Algonquin, according to the village website.

The new road is meant to divert traffic from downtown Algonquin. After the project is completed, which is anticipated this fall, Main Street will become a village road.

Work on several parts of the project will continue this spring.

Crews still need to complete the staining of a retaining wall on Edgewood Drive, which is structurally complete. Side street aprons and driveways along Route 31, between Edgewood Drive and Huntington Drive, are scheduled be finished in the spring, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation's project website.

Construction of the bridges over Crystal Creek and Algonquin Road and various retaining walls will continue, IDOT said.

The noise abatement wall construction will proceed on the east side of Route 31 from Railroad Street to Crystal Creek, according to IDOT.

Street lighting work along the bypass route from Huntington Drive to the quarry access is scheduled to proceed into the spring.

The new northbound lanes from Cary-Algonquin Road to Linden Avenue are slated to be completed in the spring, along with the adjacent driveways, curbs and side streets, IDOT said.

"At this point, we're simply reminding motorists that with construction starting back up to be alert, slow down and plan ahead when traveling through the area," Kumbera said.

More information

For more information about the Algonquin Bypass project, go to http://www.dot.il.gov/IL31alg/index.html.

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