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Algonquin Moves Forward With Randall Road Pedestrian Bridge

The village of Algonquin's committee of a whole heard from the engineering firm Tuesday who is working on the design for the bridge.

The village of Algonquin is one step closer to building a pedestrian bridge over Randall Road. 

The Algonquin Committee of a Whole met Tuesday night and heard from Michael E. Kerr, of Christopher B. Burke Engineering out of Rosemont, who presented various design options for the bridge. The bridge will cross Randall near Huntington Drive/Bunker Hill Drive. 

The majority of COW members agreed on a design with brick pillars that has a village of Algonquin emblem on it. Trustee Jim Siegert was the only trustee not to select the brick-pillar design, requesting the village move forward with two of the more artistic and less-traditional designs presented by Kerr. 

COW members requested Kerr look at different color schemes for the design. In particular, they asked Kerr to change the color of a white arch that spans across the bridge. 

The $4 million pedestrian bridge will be funded mostly by federal dollars with the remainder of the cost covered by county and village of Algonquin funds. Federal funds will pay for $3.16 million while the county and village of Algonquin will each fund $400,000 of the project. 

The purpose of the pedestrian bridge is to improve safety for those crossing Randall Road, provide a link between the Woods Creek Bikeway and the Stonegate Bikeway and encourage non-motorized transportation to access Jacobs High School, Sherman Hospital and other commercial areas along Randall Road, Kerr said. 

"There is really no safe place to cross Randall Road on your bike," Kerr said. "This design also accommodates the future widening of Randall Road." 

Construction on the project is slated to start in 2014. 

Warren Cotton December 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM
How much would it cost to condemn Riverside Plaza and tear it down?
Joyce Foley December 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM
We need another road to cross the Fox River instead of a pedestrian bridge. Route 62 going west across the Fox River is horrendous in rush hour traffic.
Larry Miglore December 12, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I know how pay for this. Quit pretending to "revitalize" historic downtown! Who cares? There will never be a draw of any kind. Re-purpose those state funds if you really feel there are hoards of people that want to cross six lanes of traffic.
Jamiedog December 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree! I live close to Randall Road/Bunker Hill Road and extremely rarely see any pedestrians trying to cross the highway. With traffic already prevalent on Randall Road, just think how fun it will be in 2014 when CONSTRUCTION starts in that location? How many more drivers/commuters would benefit from another road over the Fox River in Algonquin instead? (Much wiser use of our federal/local government funds for sure). Did we Algonquin citizens even get to VOTE on any of this?
R.S. December 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Please quit wasting our money!
Joyce Foley December 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
pamela@pamelaalthoff.net Everyone should e mail our Senator Pamela Althoff, I have been pressing her to build another east-west road to cross the Fox. Algonquin Rd is not enough for our congested community. Anyone who commutes from Route 25 to Route 31 along Algonquin Rd know the nightmare.
Joyce Foley December 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
After this comment I'm getting off my soap box. Who benefits from this pedestrian bridge? I have never seen people walking across Randall Rd, everyone here drives. Michael E. Kerr, of Christopher B. Burke Engineering out of Rosemont? Who are they and what are their connections to our town? Campaign contributors? It has a bad smell to it. The moniker should be a "bridge to no where". We need another east/west road to cross the Fox!
Brandy December 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
First, this proposed bridge is not for downtown. Next, I agree with the majority posting here that an additional bridge over Fox River would be money well spent. I don't commute but I used to and know how bad it is. It's nice to see federal dollars being spent on the community though, as a tax payer I like to see money being spent locally and not all on the city of Chicago. I agree that it is a lot of money to be spent on a "what if more people will walk if we have a bridge over Randall". Is this a situation where the funds available are for certain structures only and not a road? Just wondering why this is a priority and if there's more we are not aware of.
cc December 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Knock down the eye sore at 31 & 62 . We need a new bridge across the river.
D.R. December 12, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I wonder if there is a "build it and they will come" attitude, as I also don't see people trying to cross Randall, but it's so busy maybe they don't because it's too difficult. I don't have a strong opinion for or against the bridge. The construction doesn't bother me - it's temporary. But I do believe we need another way over the Fox. I've heard the plan is to extend Longmeadow Pkwy and bridge at that point (which is one reason we didn't buy a house right next to that road). I think that is an EXTREMELY expensive project - way more costly than the bridge. So it's like comparing apples to oranges. I do hope they figure out another way across the Fox soon though.
jeff December 12, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yes 33 million on a bypass thats will do nothing for the congestion! This is Illinois politics at its worst! 33 million to shoot north bound traffic on rt 31 around downtown huh? The congestion is west bound on 62 where everybody has to come to cross the river but no new bridge? Now we are going to drop 4 million on a pedestrian bridge? That nobody will use! Theres a few stores downtown and no parking? Downtown is what it is but its never going to be this premier high end shopping ground that Algonguin thinks its going to be! Somebody's lining their pockets on this deal. Waste Waste Waste!
Anthony P. December 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I heard in the past that this bridge is for the high school so kids can ride their bike there without crossing Randall Speedway. On a side note, quit driving like morons and slow down on Randall road.
Anthony P. December 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Poor civil engineering. I wonder if all the planning was done by a 'cushion' worker.
Lisa Guidarini December 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I totally understand what you're saying. I have two boys at Jacobs and though they hardly ever have to cross Randall my heart is in my mouth when they do. I think that's the reasoning, that kids going to Jacobs have to cross an extremely dangerous intersection. But I completely understand the snarled traffic and $ issue. I have to cross Randall to get to work, myself, and wouldn't welcome yet another traffic nightmare. For school, how about a crossing guard who works just those hours every day, to help keep the kids safe? I'm thinking that's a little cheaper and a whole lot less annoying. As far as another road over the river: YES! But, as I understand it, there was such an uproar when that was first proposed - what, thirty years ago now?! Citizens living in the proposed path were so vocal it was dropped. At least that's my vague recollection. When we moved into Algonquin, Randall road was farmland... I'd never have believed it would be like this 20 years later.
Lisa Guidarini December 12, 2012 at 08:10 PM
A lot, unfortunately. That doesn't come cheap. I don't even know what's going on with that monstrosity. Anyone else have any idea? The reasoning behind that whole deal is beyond me. Who'd like to live at that intersection?! Good luck getting in or out of the place and the serenade of traffic would soothe you to sleep every night...
Lisa Guidarini December 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
A lot of the people driving like that on Randall ARE the kids, unfortunately. Watching them leave Jacobs is unnerving. Seems better in the morning, when we're all half-asleep!
Jonathan Prykop December 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I'm an adult Algonquin pedestrian (I live here and I don't own a car--I know, right!) I'm glad the town takes pedestrian concerns seriously, and I think they've done a pretty good job of it. But instead of a multi-million dollar bridge over Randall (which already has marked crosswalks and pedestrian signals at Bunker Hill, Harnish & County Line) how about ANY marked crosswalks and pedestrian signals across 62 between 31 and Randall? Getting to the northeast quadrant formed by Randall/62 (including the movie theater and much of old LITH) can be death defying. A crosswalk & signal at Crystal Lake Rd (like there is at Harvest Gate Rd) would be fantastic, and surely cost much less than four million dollars. My understanding is that this proposed walkway is largely to sooth concerns about Jacobs students, and maybe it's warranted (both because they're at higher risk when crossing and because they create higher risk when driving.) But I'd rather have a (much cheaper) way to cross 62 *at all*. I suppose I should write to the properly elected town officials if I really care--this is my first time posting to patch. But I had to get this off my chest somewhere!
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Jonathan, thanks for posting on Patch! You bring up some very good points here, and it never hurts to pass those thoughts along to our elected officials. Here is where you can find the contact information for the Algonquin Village Board: http://www.algonquin.org/board/.
Mikein algonquin December 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM
$3.16 million from the Feds!!!!!!!!!!! Without comment on the necessity of the pedestrian bridge, this is one of the prime examples of why the country is broke. This bridge, at most, benefits only Algonquin. Fed money should only be used for interstate commerce and social programs that are absolutely required. We would all be better off if the money stayed in the state in the first place and have local control over it.
R.S. December 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Hey Warren, how much would it cost to tear your house down and get you out of Algonquin? Maybe all you people complaining about this building should complain about the Shell Station, old car lot and dry cleaners. That building has a better look then most of the buildings down-town. I feel sorry for anyone moving in that building having to look at the disgusting shell station and Port Edwards and old dry cleaners. The traffic will be the best site they have.
P.J. December 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Kkj
P.J. December 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
The New bypass is a joke. East and West is the REAL issue. Speed in this town is out or control. When is the last.time you.seen our.finest pull.someone over for.speeding? This town has become a joke. The village only cares about one thing...getting people through our town as fast as possible.
P.J. December 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Sorry to have gotten off the main topic. Regarding the walk way bridge, I guess,, but never really seen anyone stand on that corner. I'm down for safety, but how many will really use it? Who walks around that area with those driver speeds?. Forget it. Here's a town that puts a hotel next to a high school. I find that very weird. I've traveled the country and I have never seen a hotel that close to a High School.
David December 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
That eyesore needs to go. It's nothing but a blight in downtown Algonquin. Sad.

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