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Detour: Road work takes holiday weekend off

Road work is suspended for the Memorial Day holiday, but most work zones are still in place and the speed limits still apply.

• ROUTE 176: Watch for more than one work zone as workers repave Route 176 between Routes 14 and 47.

Traffic is down to one lane with flaggers where work is ongoing, and the road west of Route 14 is a backed-up mess, so either budget extra time or find an alternate route.

• ROUTE 14: Work is ongoing to rebuild and widen Route 14 from West Lake Shore Drive in Woodstock to just south of Crystal Lake Avenue.

While the project is divided into two contracts, with Lucas Road near McHenry County College separating them, work on both will take place simultaneously, meaning drivers will need to plan for two work zones.

The road will be widened to two lanes in each direction, separated by a 22-foot landscaped median.

A 10-foot bike path will be included from Lake Shore Drive to just past MCC. Traffic signals will be improved or installed at eight intersections along the route.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction through construction. The $48 million project will take two years.

• ALSO ON ROUTE 14: Watch out for work on Route 14 in and around Harvard.

• INTERSTATE 90: If your travels involve I-90, there are several projects for which you may need to budget extra time. Eastbound lane closures are ongoing near Route 47 for erosion-control work, and westbound lane closures are ongoing near Route 31 as workers build a barrier wall.

One lane in each direction on Route 31 has been closed for signal installation as part of the ongoing I-90 rebuilding and widening project.

• NEW I-90 CLOSURES: Temporary overnight lane closures at Garden Prairie Road and Anthony Road are scheduled through this week for removal of the bridges over the tollway.

• LAKEWOOD ROAD/LAKE AVENUE: Work has started to resurface and add bike lanes along Lakewood Road’s entire length from Haligus Road to Ackman Road, and Lake Avenue from Huntley Road west to the village line. Work should be done by late fall.

• CHARLES MILLER ROAD: A connecting road between Old Bull Valley and Miller roads is now permanently closed  as part of an ongoing improvement project.

Workers this year will finish widening Charles Miller Road to four lanes west to Route 31, and improve its intersection with Route 31 and Bull Valley Road.

Bull Valley Road from the Union Pacific railroad tracks west will be improved as part of the plan.

Work on the project, pegged at $17.3 million, is expected to wrap up in November, weather permitting.

• SOUTH MAIN STREET, CRYSTAL LAKE: Crystal Lake drivers should anticipate delays as construction continues to widen and improve a stretch of South Main Street and Pyott Road from south of Route 14 to north of Rakow Road.

The project will widen the entire road to four lanes – eliminating choke points for northbound drivers on Pyott Road and southbound drivers on South Main Street – and improve the roads’ intersection with Virginia Road.

Work on the pavement is starting after workers through the winter relocated utilities and installed temporary traffic signals.

The $5.7 million project, the cost of which is being paid by a federal grant, the city and McHenry County, will be finished by November, weather permitting.

Sources: McHenry County Division of Transportation, Illinois Toll Highway Authority, city of Crystal Lake, village of Lakewood, Illinois Department of Transportation

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