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Poll: What do You Think About a Pedestrian Bridge Over Randall?

A $3.16 million grant was awarded to the village of Algonquin, according to the Northwest Herald.

A federal grant will help make pedestrian bridge over Randall Road near Jacobs High School a reality, according to a Northwest Herald article.

The village of Algonquin was awarded a $3.16 million grant from the federal government's Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program to build the bridge in the area of Huntington Drive and Bunker Hill Drive, according to the NW Herald.

Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015, according to the article. 

As plans to widen Randall Road move forward, village officials told the Northwest Herald the pedestrian bridge will allow for safe access across the busy thoroughfare. The bridge will connect the high school, shopping area and library — which are mainly west of Randall — to the residential area — which is mainly east of Randall Road. 

McHenry County and the village of Algonquin are each expected to contribute $395,000 from 2012 to 2015 for the design, land acquisition and construction of the bridge, according to the article. 

During a roll call vote at Tuesday's Algonquin Village Board meeting, board trustees voted 6-0 in favor of authorizing an agreement with McHenry County for cost sharing for engineering, land acquisition and construction of the Randall Road pedestrian overpass. 

Tell us: Do you think a pedestrian bridge over Randall Road is necessary? Would you and/or your family use a bridge to get from shopping, school, the library, etc., to the east side of Randall? Do you think there should be pedestrian bridges and other safety measures along different parts of Randall? Let us know in the comments' section. 

Pat Musachio June 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I think the bridge is a good idea for the bikers and walkers, but it is ugly. Unfortunately, it is an eye sore hanging up in the sky.
Lothar June 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The approaches (both sides ) are too steep and the potential for an accident (in my opinion) is high
Soonwinner June 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Several hundred Jacobs High School students cross Randall Road at Huntington/Bunker Hill every day.
David Parrish July 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
In all the years I have lived in the area, I don't recall ever seeing anyone attempting to cross Randall in that location, or come to think of it, any location on Randal, with the exception of one or two at Bunker Hill. Not a wise choice of expenditures!
BELVA THOMAS July 06, 2012 at 11:34 PM
It seem that adding side walks would be less costly

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