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Crystal Lake City Council approves bid to improve bike path

Project to connect bike paths to be done this summer

Crystal Lake City Council recently approved the expense of about $337,000 to help fill in a mile-long stretch of bike path in the city’s southwest area.

A bid from Schroeder Asphalt Services in Marengo was approved at the June 18 meeting.

The work to be done is along the Ackman and Huntley Road path, according to city officials.

The project will connect the bike path that comes through Sterling Meadows and Willows Edge parks and cross Ackman road to Woodscreek Park, said Jason Herbster, executive director of the Crystal Lake Park District.

The work approved also includes a segment of bike path at Huntley Road near Waterford Cut.

The project is part of a regular review of the existing bicycle/pedestrian network that winds throughout the city and county, officials said.

In recent years, the city has partnered with the McHenry County Division of Transportation and the Crystal Lake Park District to identify and eliminate any gaps.

The construction costs for the latest path project will be shared among the three groups, with the city paying about $25,025, the county $241,966 and the park district $69,961, according to city documents. The county portion includes costs for the resurfacing of a section of Ackman Road, documents show.

The city’s bike path is part of a regional trail system that connects neighborhoods with schools and parks.

This current project, to be done this summer, will allow a safer crossing by installing pedestrian flashing beacons, a new concrete median for a pedestrian refuge island on Ackman and constructing the missing multi-use path along the east side of Huntley Road, north and south of Waterford.

This project is part of the city’s ongoing, yearly assessment of the bike paths, said Michelle Rentzch, director of planning and economic development.

The city likes to keep an eye on how to make the city “more accessible and easy to get around,” she said.  

She said that the new path put in along Country Club Road two years ago is well traveled.

“When you put it in, it gets used,” she said.

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