Before McHenry County moves forward with plans to widen Randall Road to six lanes from Harnish Drive in Algonquin north to Polaris Drive, Lake in the Hills’ adjacent water main will have to be relocated.
On Thursday, the Lake in the Hills Village Board voted, 5-1, to approve a nearly $615,000 low bid from Des Plaines-based Mauro Sewer Construction to relocate the main on this stretch of road, as well as sections on Algonquin Road and easements that currently are fed water by the Randall Road main. Trustee Stephen Harlfinger was the dissenting vote.
With the widening of Randall Road set to begin in late fall to early winter, Public Works Director Dan Kaup said the village plans to start the relocation closer to September.
“We want to make sure we don’t have utility pipes under the pavement,” Kaup said.
He added that roads shouldn’t be closed during the relocation.
Bids opened for the project on Aug. 8 and went as high as $1 million.
The village only budgeted $300,000 for the project this fiscal year, but because a bid for water main extension along Industrial Drive approved earlier this year came in significantly lower than the engineer’s estimate, there was enough of a surplus in the village’s water operations and maintenance fund to make up the difference.
According to the project’s website, the Randall Road improvements were meant to relieve congestion in one of the more heavily traveled corridors in the county.
The road will be widened to provide three through lanes with up to four at the portion between Bunker Hill and Polaris drives.
Dual left-turn lanes and separate right-turn lanes will be provided at all intersections with signals.