Construction season kicks off across McHenry County

Randall Road, I-90, other roadwork begins across McHenry County

Even in mid-April, Illinois can’t escape a heavy snowfall.

However, Jeremy Stull, construction engineer for the McHenry County Division of Transportation, said this untimely weather should not have any impact on road projects in the county.

Stull said it was fortunate that the snowfall was followed by warm spring weather that will clear things up for the upcoming construction season.

For all major highway projects on the horizon this year, the Illinois Tollway is reminding motorists that work zone speed limits will be in effect for all construction zones 24 hours a day, and drivers should continue to watch for changing traffic patterns.

The “move over” law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down and proceed with caution when passing a vehicle on the side of the road with its hazard lights activated.

Randall Road

Temporary pavement installation for the $46 million Randall Road project, which aims to reduce traffic congestion on one of the most heavily traveled stretches of the road, is expected to begin soon, according to a news release from the McHenry County Division of Transportation.

The pavement work will be on the east side of Randall Road between Polaris Drive in Lake in the Hills and Harnish Drive in Algonquin.

In addition to the roadwork, construction of a pedestrian underpass and retaining wall, detention pond work and storm sewer work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to the release.

Traffic disruptions are expected to be minimal, but occasional lane closures are anticipated, the release said. Motorists are urged to obey work zone speed limits and be on alert for workers.

Over the course of the three-year project, Randall Road will be widened to three lanes in each direction, and four lanes from the Polaris Drive intersection south to the intersection of Bunker Hill and Huntington drives.

For information on the project or to sign up for traffic updates, visit the Randall Road project website. Updates and alerts also can be found by liking the McHenry County Division of Transportation on Facebook or following the department on Twitter.

I-90 tollway interchange

Another project in the works is construction of the I-90 tollway interchange on Route 23 in Marengo.

Barring serious weather setbacks, Oct. 31 is the project’s tentative completion date, Marengo City Administrator Joshua Blakemore said.

The project initially was estimated to cost about $24.7 million, but Blakemore said during a State of the Community event in January that the low bid for the project came in at about $20 million.

Under the terms of an intergovernmental agreement between the Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, McHenry County and Marengo, the standard cost-sharing for construction would be 50% of costs from the Illinois Tollway, 25% from IDOT and 25% from the county.

This project is one of several that are part of a 15-year, $14 billion capital program called “Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future,” which is devoted to improving mobility, relieving congestion, reducing pollution and creating as many as 120,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region, according to news releases from the Illinois Tollway.

Crystal Lake

Construction has started on Route 14 near its intersection with Virginia Road, which is in dire need of improvements and upgrades, city officials have said.

Last year, the city council approved adding a second left-turn lane on Virginia Road, along with an additional eastbound right-turn lane on Route 14. The area also will get upgraded traffic signal equipment and provide pedestrian accommodations where feasible.

Route 14 is under the jurisdiction and maintenance of IDOT, and Virginia Road is under the jurisdiction and maintenance of the McHenry County Division of Transportation.

The city applied for and was awarded about $1.2 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funding for the project.

The city, IDOT and McHenry County have signed an intergovernmental agreement, Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley said late last year.

Shepley said the project is expected to cost $1,562,400, and federal funding will pay for 80% of the project, or $1,249,920. He said IDOT will provide $203,112, and McHenry County will pay $54,111. The city will pay $55,257.

A temporary traffic signal is being installed, according to the city’s website.

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