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Bypass won’t help

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014 8:51 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I cannot wait until the Route 31 bypass in Algonquin is completed.

It certainly will alleviate much of the congestion on Routes 62 and 31. I know this because I take Route 62 east to Barrington Road on my way to work every morning. Every time I view the destruction of Towne Park and imagine the enormous possibilities that such a fantastic, wonderfully executed construction project creates, I seriously am filled with so much joy that I can’t possibly contain myself. It’s as if a lightning bolt of happiness came down from the heavens and struck me right in the head. The bypass will be so helpf-- ... wait, no it won’t.

The lion’s share of the traffic is on Route 62. Why else is the left turn lane about 1,500 feet long on Route 31? Anyone taking Route 62 west toward Algonquin during rush hour knows that it regularly gets backed up 2-plus miles to Route 25. How will this bypass west of 31 help traffic over 2 miles to the east?

Who in their right minds envisioned a scenario where the so-called western bypass had a positive effect on traffic in the area? Oh, that’s right, the morons at the state and local levels. They figured that something must be done, so they approved the construction of a project that will have a minimal impact.

But, hey, I’ve only lived here for my entire life, so what do I know?

Colin Spence


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