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Randall plan illogical

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The $135 million Randall Road boondoggle is not designed to fix a problem today.

It’s for a problem that will happen when the county suddenly starts growing again like it’s the 1980s. Which means no population growth, no justification for the project.

Not only are we not growing at 3 percent a year, but we have been losing population for at least six years.

So it’s time to kill the Randall Road robbery.

Randall and Algonquin is the only intersection on Randall that doesn’t have double left turn lanes. It should cost no more than $5 million to fix, although the county plans to spend $13 million on a CFI.

The rest is for useless frontage roads. The mall parking lots were designed to permit traffic to flow smoothly between them, making frontage roads unnecessary, superfluous and redundant.

There is no logic to the county’s plan whatsoever. The population projections were wacky, and the whole frontage road idea is nonsensical.

And the cost – $35 million a mile. If you don’t like overpaying 400 percent for something you don’t need, then now is the time to let your County Board members know that.

We can stop this project. We stopped the $45 million McHenry County College expansion and the $28 million Crystal Lake library expansion (which, like zombies, keeps coming back so we have to kill it over and over again).

And we can stop the Randall Road robbery, too. Only if you make your feelings known on the subject.

Steve Willson


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