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Crews preparing to begin work on $46M Randall Road project

Staging almost complete, ancillary construction will begin soon

Preparations for an estimated
$46 million, multiyear project to improve congestion on a heavily traveled portion of Randall Road are nearing completion, clearing the way for the first stage of construction.

McHenry County assistant engineer Jeff Young said the county’s winter maintenance plan for the Randall Road work, which will run from Harnish Drive north to Polaris Drive, will continue similarly to past projects.

“As Randall Road is already heavily congested, plowing operations can be difficult, especially when a storm occurs during peak traffic period, regardless of construction,” Young said in an email. “Special care should always be taken for motorists during inclement weather to plan ahead and leave early.”

Traffic shifted Tuesday on Randall Road from Huntington Drive to Harnish Drive. Northbound and southbound lanes were shifted to the west to set up a work zone so crews could begin construction on a pedestrian underpass, retaining wall and box culvert.

According to the project’s initial schedule, construction of the pedestrian underpass and retaining wall on the east side of the road will run through the end of the year.

Underpass construction on the west side of the road will run through June, and construction of a retaining wall on the west side is expected to run until the end of 2019.

After the staging, crews will install a temporary concrete barrier wall to separate motorists from the work zone.

Temporary traffic signals have been installed and activated in the past couple of weeks – first at the Huntington Drive intersection and then at Algonquin Road.

Signals at the Polaris Drive-Randall Road intersection and the Algonquin Road-Crystal Lake Road intersection were activated Friday, according to a construction update on the project’s website.

The new signals will be equipped with the latest LED technology.

Craig Mitchell, construction manager with Baxter Woodman, said he has not received any information from the project’s contractor, Hoffman Estates-based Plote Construction, as far as when these portions of the project will begin or whether any scheduled portions will be pushed back.

“When we get updates from the contractor, we’ll update that schedule,” Mitchell said.

The McHenry County Division of Transportation identified Randall Road improvements as a key project necessary to relieve congestion in the north-south corridor of the county.

Existing roads cannot accommodate the traffic to sustain economic viability and regional mobility in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake, according to the project’s website.

According to traffic reports performed by McHenry County in 2016 as part of the project, Young said, more than 80,000 cars a day travel through the intersection of Randall and Algonquin roads.

“The roadway is oversaturated, and with traffic operations failing at this intersection, it causes backups through the adjacent intersections,” Young said. “The design, as proposed, will alleviate the existing congestion as well as future traffic growth.”

Plote Construction’s contract is for about $45.9 million. Federal funding will cover 58 percent of the cost, while the county will cover the remaining
42 percent.

For information or to receive construction updates, visit randallroad.info. Updates also will be available on the county’s Facebook page.

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