Route 31 Construction Begins; Edgewood Road Construction Starts Wednesday
Some delays could be expected due to area construction projects.
Two construction projects could cause some delays on area roadways this week.
Preliminary construction work on Illinois Route 31 at Virginia Road/Klasen Road was set to start Monday, according to the McHenry County Division of Transportation. Construction of Edgewood Drive in Algonquin is set to begin Wednesday.
Route 31 at Virginia Road/Klasen Road Construction
Preliminary construction work began this week on Route 31 at Virginia Road/Klasen Road.
Full reconstruction work with staged traffic control will begin in early May.
For the first stage of construction, one travel lane in each direction will be open for motorists on the existing west side of Route 31 while the new northbound lanes are constructed.
The second stage will shift traffic onto the new northbound lanes while the southbound lanes are built.
The third stage will see traffic traveling on the outside of the new lanes as the median work is accomplished. All work is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2013.
The improvements for Route 31 at Virginia Road/Klasen Road Widening and Reconstruction include:
- Route 31 will be widened and reconstructed to provide two through lanes in each direction and dedicated left and right turn lanes at the Virginia Road and Klasen Road intersections.
- Realignment of the Virginia Road intersection to the north to improve safety.
- New turn lanes on Virginia Road and Klasen Road at their intersections with Route 31.
- Modernized traffic signals at both the Klasen Road and Virginia Road intersections.
Utility relocation work is under way now and will wrap up as the roadway work gets started.
A construction informational meeting will be held this spring to outline the project in greater detail and to inform local residents and business owners of the construction schedule, plans, and how they can stay informed during construction.
Source: McHenry County of Division press release
Edgewood Drive Construction Begins Wednesday
Construction is slated to start Wednesday on Edgewood Drive in Algonquin.
The first phase of the $1.6 million construction project work will consist of erosion control measures, tree removal, bridge deck removal, sanitary main installation and the installation of detour signs, according to the village of Algonquin.
The Edgewood Drive project will consist of a full reconstruction of Edgewood Drive from Route 31 (Main Street) to Hanson Road.
Specific work includes the roadway reconstruction, curb and gutter installation, storm sewer installation, grade adjustments, and replacement of the bridge and culvert at Ratt Creek.
A multiuse path also will be installed using federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant funding. Detours and delays should be expected for commuters in the area.
Work is expected to begin this spring with completion in 2013, weather permitting.