Algonquin board signals support for conventional intersection

ALGONQUIN – Village Board members signaled their support for a resolution to urge the County Board to build a conventional intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads.

The Algonquin Committee of the Whole on Tuesday agreed to move the resolution forward to its next Village Board meeting, scheduled for Sept. 16.

The county's transportation committee last week recommended a conventional intersection, rather than the controversial continuous flow intersection.

The County Board is scheduled to discuss the intersection at its Sept. 16 meeting.

Improvements at Randall and Algonquin are part of the planned widening of Randall Road from Ackman Road to County Line Road.

In 2012, the Lake in the Hills board adopted a resolution opposing a continuous flow intersection, and has remained vehemently against the idea because a CFI would require closing many access points to businesses at the intersection. The Randall Road corridor is where about 75 percent of Lake in the Hills' sales tax revenue comes from.

Algonquin Village Board President John Schmitt and Lake in the Hills Village Board President Paul Mulcahy submitted a joint letter opposing a continuous flow intersection.

The plan recommended by the county transportation committee would add third left-turn lanes on Algonquin Road and second left-turn lanes on Randall Road. It also would eliminate several curb cuts near the intersection and limit several retail exit points to right-in, right-out, but allow left-hand turns at others at the request of area businesses.

TranSystems, which was hired by the county to conduct engineering for the project, used revised growth projections for the updated designs.

The company also met with business owners about the improvements. 

"Everybody along Randall Road said, 'We're dying. We need better traffic,' " Schmitt said.

Schmitt added the road improvement is important for the local economy.

"We've all got a lot of vacancies," Schmitt said. "We're never going to get those filled back or keep them filled up, and build new businesses unless Randall Road is improved."

The wait times with either intersection configuration would meet acceptable levels in order to compete for federal and state funding for the project, said Village Manager Tim Schloneger.

"With the updated numbers and the modifications we can get funding for a conventional intersection now because it's under the acceptable level, except on Saturdays, … We have to go back and argue that these numbers are just as good," Schloneger said. "We feel we can make that argument, especially with the support of our board and the Lake in the Hills board."

Trustee Jim Steigert complimented the work done by TranSystems. 

"These people brought fresh creative ideas," Steigert said.

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