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McHenry City Council to talk traffic impact of District 156 expansion

City wants district to complete study, agree to future costs of traffic signal

Superintendent Ryan McTague address the attendees during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new incubator program at McHenry High School West Campus on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Superintendent Ryan McTague address the attendees during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new incubator program at McHenry High School West Campus on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.

The McHenry City Council will meet Monday to consider an agreement with McHenry High School District 156 related to traffic and drainage concerns on McHenry High School West campus.

The district has been completing work at its campus this summer as part of a plan to transform West campus into the home for sophomore, junior and senior students, with East campus housing freshman. Some city officials have expressed concerns that the changes will cause traffic problems near West, particularly during times when students are arriving or leaving for the day.

The projected cost to complete projects on both campuses and construct a 64,000-square-foot addition at West is
$44 million, which voters approved via referendum in November 2018.

Two intergovernmental agreements are on Monday’s agenda. The first addresses the timing and cost related to a future traffic signal at West. A second addresses drainage issues and the maintenance of the drainage area on the property.

The drainage agreement calls for the district to maintain the drainage area adjacent to the west side of the school property, according to city documents. The district must remove trees, saplings, shrubs and any debris that may interfere with water flow.

The traffic agreement requires that Oakwood Drive become a “right turn only” exit. This will direct traffic to a signalized intersection at Royal Drive and prevent traffic through a residential area, according to city documents.

The district also must pay for a traffic study to analyze the effect the Oakwood Drive change will have at Royal Drive and Crystal Lake Road, according to city documents.

In addition, the district will pay for all engineering services, equipment and construction costs associated with traffic signal upgrades at Dartmoor Drive and Crystal Lake Road and/or at Royal Drive and Crystal Lake Road.

The district also would have to agree to pay for a traffic study, engineering, equipment and construction in the future for a new traffic signal at Crystal Lake Road and the south entrance/exit of the property, according to city documents.

The McHenry City Council will meet
at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 333 S. Green St. 

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