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What traffic trend?

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I just read the Citizen Advocates for Public Accountability report on the Randall Road project.

I highly recommend it to every resident of this county who is struggling to make ends meet right now. What a ridiculous waste of tax dollars.

Ten years ago, it took me 10 minutes to drive from Ackman Road to County Line Road on Randall Road. Five years ago, it took me 10 minutes. Today, it takes me 10 minutes.

But the County Transportation Committee wants to spend $135 million? That works out to $1,200 for every family in McHenry County to “fix” that section of road, cutting the drive time to – are you ready? – 10 minutes.

They claim if we don’t spend this outrageous sum, the drive time will jump to 30 minutes in a few years.

If the drive time hasn’t changed in 10 years, and if population in the county isn’t increasing rapidly, then why should we expect the drive time to suddenly triple?

Why should we spend $135 million based on some forecast that defies our everyday experience? Why spend that much money before there is absolutely crystal-clear evidence that traffic on Randall Road is getting materially worse? Why should we, the taxpayers, shell out $135 million on speculations?

Contact your County Board members and ask these questions. And if you don’t contact them, don’t complain when your taxes go up.

Al Stenstrom


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