Cary to put support behind roundabout intersection

Open to contributing to proposed plan for Crystal Lake Road, Silver Lake Trail

CARY – The Cary Village Board has put its support behind a proposed plan for a roundabout at the intersection of Crystal Lake Road and Silver Lake Trail.

Algonquin Township is looking at a roundabout at the intersection of the two arterial roadways as a way of helping traffic move through the intersection more efficiently.

At a meeting last week, the Cary board indicated it would support the project, commit a small amount of money toward the project and would be willing to take the lead with other agencies in an effort to obtain outside grant funding to pay for it.

Algonquin Township asked Cary if the village would be willing to participate in the next steps of the project, including the second phase of engineering and the drawing up of project blueprints, as well as the actual construction.

Cary board members said they would be open to contributing $25,000 to $50,000 to the project.

Consultant estimate of costs is about $2 million for both phase two engineering and construction and acquisition.

The township also plans to reconstruct or resurface 300 to 400 feet of road in all directions from the roundabout, as well as putting in new storm sewers and sidewalks.

There are some concerns about the project from residents, including the uneasiness of turning away from a traditional intersection to a roundabout and the concern of the need for improvements elsewhere, said Public Works Director Erik Morimoto.

The project might be able to qualify for federal surface transportation program money, which is managed by the McHenry County Council of Mayors. For STP funding, however, townships aren’t allowed to be the lead agency on projects. It has to be a municipality or a county who would have to commit staff time to be the lead agency. A township is allowed to be a co-sponsor.

The village would want to see help from Oakwood Hills and McHenry County, as the intersection has regional use.

The project also might qualify for a federal congestion mitigation air quality grant.

There hasn’t been a formal request specifying how much money the township would request from Cary, which has its own infrastructure needs such as water main improvements, road improvements, village-wide traffic signal modernization and possible streetscape work, Morimoto said.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said grant scoring improves if other agencies or municipalities are involved.

“As a concept, I completely agree with supporting another government body, especially an overlapping one,” Clark said.

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Robert Miller said he has a letter of support for the project from Oakwood Hills. The township and their consulting engineers plan to reach out to Port Barrington, McHenry County and possibly Crystal Lake.

Miller added that the project is still in the early stages and the township is still gathering information. Actual construction would be several years down the road.

The improvements at Crystal Lake Road and Silver Lake Trail are being considered to help improve traffic delays for both present and future traffic volumes.

“Time is money,” said Trustee Bruce Kaplan. “I understand a certain amount of our residents and nonresidents who work here ... use this route to go to and from [Cary]. There can be a case made to participate ... in some minimal amount.”

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