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Traffic Delays Expected as Western Bypass Construction Gets Underway

Algonquin Road just west of Route 31 to Meyer Drive will be reduced to one lane starting Sept. 10 as the main portion of Western Bypass construction project gets underway.

Village officials are encouraging motorists to find alternate routes to a portion of Algonquin Road just west of downtown Algonquin as the main portion of the Western Bypass construction project is slated to get underway in coming weeks.

The $71 million project is meant to relieve traffic congestion with a new four-lane two-mile stretch of roadway that will bypass downtown Algonquin. The new bypass is expected to open in summer 2014.

While grading and excavation work, which started in April, is expected to continue through December on the bypass, the main portion of the construction project will begin Sept. 4. During the first week of construction, crews will work mainly to remove trees, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation press release.

Starting the week of Sept. 10, motorists should expect to see delays along Algonquin Road when the busy thoroughfare will be reduced to one lane just west of Route 31 to Meyer Drive, according to the news release.

“There are no permanent lane closures anticipated on Illinois 31, however, temporary, intermittent lane closures could be required at times to accommodate construction activity,” according to the news release.

Such lane closures are expected on Main Street starting in spring 2013, according to a village of Algonquin news release.

In addition,  in Algonquin will be closed beginning Oct. 1 and is expected to remain closed through summer 2014. The closure will allow for the addition of a new 100-space parking lot, realignment of Crystal Creek, construction of a new pedestrian bridge and integration of the park with the Prairie Path recreational trail, according to the village news release.

Motorists are encouraged to be watchful for slow-moving vehicles and construction crews, expect delays and allow extra time for travel in the construction area, according to the IDOT press release.

What Will the Project Entail?

F.H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen was awarded the $33.3 million contract for the main portion of the project, which includes construction of 2.11 miles of a four-lane divided highway, diamond interchange, four new bridges, retaining walls and noise abatement walls west of downtown Algonquin, according to a village news release.

On its northern edge, the Western Bypass will connect with Route 31 just north of Cary Road. The bypass will continue west of Route 31, will pass over Algonquin Road in the area where the post office is located and then will loop back over where the current Prairie Trail is located behind .

The bypass will connect back with Route 31 near Edgewood Drive at its southern-most edge.

LOOK: Map of Western Bypass Route

Once the project is finished, jurisdiction over the existing Illinois 31 through Algonquin will be transferred to the village, according to the IDOT news release.

In addition, portions of Huntington Drive, Algonquin Road and the existing Illinois 31 will be widened and resurfaced to accommodate the bypass, according to an IDOT news release. 


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Bruce Batt August 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I love how the article states motorists will have to find "alternate routes" are you kidding me?? Tell us all what an "alternate route" would be to get to the west side of Algonquin from Barrington? If you took Route 14 out of Barrington to say 3 Oaks Road, you eventually have to work your way over to Rakow Road which has been torn up for at least 2 years. Another grid lock making it impossible to get over to Randall.
jeff August 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Yeah and whats even worse is the 71 million dollar bypass will do nothing anyway!! Route northbound 31 traffic around downtown Algonquin so you can run the light a little longer?? Huh? The congestion is all west bound on 62. We need another bridge then a bypass running the light a few seconds longer does nothing! Why don't they build another Tyvek tower while their at it!
carol August 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This does nothing for the backups going east or west. What alternate route is there? Do tell. A hot air balloon is what I need. Everything I shop is on Randal rd.
Matt Collins August 30, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Political eyewash. Politicians in Algonquin didn't have the political b*lls to build the Northern bypass that's needed. They're just moving the problem further North on Algonquin and blowing the money.
John S August 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
This is needed, but it is not enough. WE NEED ANOTHER BRIDGE!! What alternate routes are there? Route 14 through Fox River Grove is bad too. And the constant trains running through there wreak havoc on the traffic lights.
brian August 30, 2012 at 03:47 PM
you guys are making me feel good I am "under"-employed and not driving this mess anymore! Better get your book CDs ready for the listening...
jeff August 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
They should have gotten a few extra bucks and had tyvek towers bulldozed!
rentagoodbook August 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Argh. For me, it's not the "getting to the businesses in Algonquin" it's getting THRU Algonquin to points eastward. We need more options crossing the Fox River! I live in LITH, west side of Randall Road. If I want to go east, my current options are the construction nightmare that is Rakow Road or Algonquin. Going down Randall to 72 or 90 is just WAY out of my way, not to mention the traffic that clogs the Randall Road Retail Explosion through Algonquin.
Kimberlee Libricz August 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Ofcourse the "brilliant" engineers for the state didn't seek input from those who must actually drive it. A bridge was slated for across the Fox River on the Rt #25 extension years ago. Alternate way across the river.........Carpentersville or Cary. Glad I live on the East side :)
Joe H. August 31, 2012 at 01:10 PM
They can build 4 bridges and an interchange but can't build the true need, a bridge over the river. Incompetent Algonquin leadership. Joe H.
Sharon Keenon August 31, 2012 at 06:24 PM
This *battle* has been going on for THIRTY years [which is how long our family has lived here!] and it STILL makes NO sense to do THAT which they are doing! I.GIVE. UP! :(
Karl September 03, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I drive through this everday. Worst stoplight synchronization I have ever had the pleasure of sitting through. Build the bridge or learn to program the existing lights. :( I can count on one hand how many times I have passed through this light in one cycle. Less then 5 times in almost ten years. I could shop @ Jewel or Butera but my food would spoil before I got home. I could pick up dinner from some of the restaurants on the east side of the river, if I wanted to cram it under my hood to keep it warm until I made it over the river.
Carol Ann September 08, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Why is this construction being started before Rakow is FINISHED? I drive daily east for my job (a 1 hour drive - each way) and now this has been made impossible to get to work without going through street construction. AND the others are so right.. we need another bridge. Where are our village leaders when we need them?

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