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Rainy weather delays opening of Woodstock roundabout

Construction continues Wednesday at the roundabout at the intersection of Charles and Raffel roads. Rainy weather pushed back the opening. The roundabout is expected to be open to traffic by about Sept.1.
Construction continues Wednesday at the roundabout at the intersection of Charles and Raffel roads. Rainy weather pushed back the opening. The roundabout is expected to be open to traffic by about Sept.1.

WOODSTOCK – A rainy season has delayed the opening of the roundabout at Charles and Raffel roads just north of Woodstock.

The intersection is expected to open to traffic by Sept. 1, which is three weeks later than was first projected, McHenry County Division of Transportation construction manger Jim Werner said.

After the roundabout opens, some landscaping work still will need to be done before work is complete, Werner said.

Construction crews will start paving and adding streetlights this week, Werner said. More information can be found on the project’s page on the county’s website, www.co.mchenry.il.us/home.

Detours for Charles and Raffel roads have been in place since about May 30, Werner said.

In April, the McHenry County Board accepted a $2.18 million bid from Landmark Contractors Inc. of Huntley to replace the two-way stop. Werner said the delay in the construction schedule will not cause an increase in the cost of the project.

A roundabout, a common sight on roads in Europe, is a circular intersection that supporters say is a safer alternative to intersections. Because there only is one-way movement throughout the roundabout – cars travel counterclockwise until they find their turn – they all but eliminate the possibility of head-on and right-angle collisions.

Classes for Woodstock School District 200 start Aug. 17, according to the district’s website. The district has re-routed some of its buses because of the delay in construction, Werner said.

A representative from the district’s Department of Transportation could not be reached Wednesday for information.

The Department of Transportation is located at 11401 Charles Road, just east of the roundabout intersection. Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, sits just south of the intersection.

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