Western Algonquin bypass a long road for commuters

Construction workers work on the West Algonquin bypass
Construction workers work on the West Algonquin bypass

From a Northwest Herald article on May 23, 2009:

"We were supposed to be driving on the Algonquin Western Bypass by 2006 or so.

U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Egan, secured $9 million in federal transportation money for the congestion-easing project a decade ago, which coincidentally happened to be the last time that Illinois had a capital plan.

That changed Thursday with the General Assembly’s approval of a $29 billion capital bill, which, among other things, fully funds the bypass of the Route 31 and 62 intersection in Algonquin."

The corner of Routes 31 and 62 in downtown Algonquin have long been a hub for gridlock.

What has seemingly lasted just as long is fixing it. The Western Algonquin Bypass, designed to provide traffic congestion relief at that intersection in the form of a 2-mile, four-lane highway, has been a long time in the making.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the $33.3 million project – paid for by federal and state money – was held in Sept. 17, 2012. Construction and complaints from local businesses continue to this day, all for a project initially given the OK all the way back in 1998.

The bypass is scheduled to be open the week of Aug. 25.

Story highlights:

May 5, 2004: Algonquin bypass plans uncertain

Aug. 7, 2005: Money in, but work will wait

May 15, 2007: Algonquin western bypass plan appears to have stalled

Oct. 24, 2008: Algonquin Bypass inches closer to reality

May 18, 2012: Work on Algonquin bypass starts Monday

Sept. 17, 2012: Officials celebrate work on Algonquin bypass

Oct. 24, 2013: Algonquin bypass causes headaches for residents, businesses

Northwest Herald views

May 22, 2005: Our View: Veto threatens county drivers

Feb. 10, 2006: Stakes high on road bet

May 18, 2007: Patience on Algonquin

Feb. 22, 2008: State must act on bypass

Letters to the Editor

March 20, 2005: Congestion stays

Sept. 3, 2007: Bypass the bypass

July 19, 2009: West bypass needed

May 13, 2014: Bypass won't help

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