By PAUL DAILING
Shaw News Service
Planned speed-limit reductions and construction could slow down one of Kane County's main corridors.
As early as March, Randall Road motorists could face lane closures and permanent speed reductions along some stretches.
The Transportation Committee on Friday heard updates on several upcoming plans.
To better access a planned Wal-Mart, Fabyan Parkway will be widened at the Randall Road intersection and dual left-turn lanes added, as well as additional through lanes and new signals. Temporary signals will go up in March at Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway and at Fabyan Parkway and Bent Tree Lane.
Assistant Permit Engineer Jacalyn Ellison said the road widening likely would close at least a lane of Fabyan Parkway traffic, clogging what already was one of the most congested intersections in the county.
"Possibly some lane closures, but not a whole road closure," she said.
Construction is set to begin in mid-March, but will depend on the weather. Utility relocation will begin as soon as permits are issued. Ellison said the permits are upcoming.
"It's moving forward," she said.
Further north, speed limits could drop.
The committee recommended a resolution lowering the speed limits on three stretches of Randall Road.
If approved by the county board, the speed limit between Interstate 90 and 500 feet north of Point Boulevard in Elgin will drop to 45 mph from 55 mph.
The limit will drop to 50 mph from 55 mph in two sections - from Binnie Road to 1,000 feet north of Huntley Road in Carpentersville and from Corporate Boulevard to County Line Road in Algonquin.
The Algonquin reduction runs along Algonquin Commons shopping center. By the shopping center, Randall Road is being widened to six through lanes with a 30-foot median and dual left- and right-turn lanes at three intersections. According to the Algonquin Public Works Department, McHenry County continues the road widening north of the county line.
The committee also discussed an agreement with South Elgin for improvements at Randall and McDonald roads, including right-in/right-out access about 710 feet south of McDonald Road.
Catherine Hurlbut, R-Elgin, said she had safety concerns about right-out accesses, where cars pull into traffic.
"They scare me," she said.