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POLLS: Sound Off on Western Bypass Project

Tell us what you think about the Western Bypass project by voting in our polls.

The $71 million Western Bypass construction 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.

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.

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

Sound off in our polls below and let us know what you think about the Western Bypass construction project. 

Warren Cotton August 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM
It will relieve the traffic somewhat on Rt 31 in downtown Algonquin, but it won't do much for Rt 62.
Dorothy Kotscha August 30, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I'm worried that the bypass will negatively impact the businesses in the downtown area. We don't need to relieve the congestion on Rte. 31, we need another bridge over the river.
John Houseman August 30, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Agreed. There is still no OTHER way to cross the river.
Warren Cotton August 30, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Rt 31 doesn't cross the river. As far as impacting the businesses in downtown Algonquin, the bypass could actually benefit them, if it relieves congestion on Main St.
John Houseman August 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Extending Virginia rd to Spring Creek and County Line Rd across the river would probably alleviate more traffic. Unfortunately, that will never happen.
Mikein algonquin August 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Yes, we still need the eastern bypass. Too bad the powers that be in Barrington Hills have consistently worked to prevent it.
Ed Sapeta August 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Traffic studies have proven Time and Time again that an eastern bypass will not do as much to relieve congestion as the Western Bypass will. Why build something that is costly,worthless, and will further destroy the environment. Meyer Material was the one driving an eastern route for their trucking business.
John Houseman August 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Do you have a link to these studies Mr. Sapeta?
Soonwinner August 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Bypass is a huge waste of money that does not solve the traffic problems. THE BEST solution is the lengthening of Route 25 to the river with a new bridge onto KLASEN road. Years ago it was a suggested plan but then the McHenry County Board got really scared of a group of influential "Barrington Area" homeowners in the path of the suggested extension of Route 25. Either money changed hands or they are a bunch of scared cowards on that board.
Soonwinner August 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Those studies are more Barrington Hills BS.
Ed Sapeta August 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I guess you guys are all Traffic engineers.
Ed Sapeta August 30, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I don't, but they were done by IDOT and the Western Bypass proved to be the best solution.
Ed Sapeta August 30, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I am not going to get in a pissing contest with you trolls here. Have a nice life on whatever planet you are from. !! EOF.
sharon August 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM
This has been a 40 year long debate. The issue always has been - and continues to be- the routes across the river. The route 31 bypass has absolutely nothing to do with that except it may reduce traffic at one busy intersection. The giant daily bottlenecks have more to do with the timing of the two route 62 lights that are just west of the river. Which they just screwed up again in the past 10 days or so, by the way.
sharon August 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Same issue that route 53/355 doesn't extend past Lake Cook road- certain towns have more leverage with the politicians that decide what capital projects are approved.
Soonwinner August 31, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Long Grove has held up 53/355 extension for decades but maybe they will have a tollway now.. Barrington Hills has held up the route 25 extension BRIDGE for years. Those that have the money make the rules AKA THE GOLDEN RULE. Currently reading a book about the French Revolution, we might need some similar direct action, LOL.
Kimberlee Libricz September 06, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Have you seen the traffic from both ways........water crossings are needed............... at this point walking would be faster way to get to Randall :)
Ed Sapeta September 06, 2012 at 11:27 AM
So Walk, Better for your health and the environment.
Matt Collins September 06, 2012 at 04:07 PM
The Western option solves nothing. The only reason it's being built is because the Algonquin politicians lacked the spine to stand up to the folks who bought houses along the Northern route (Of which, I suspect Mr Sapeta is one.) You can quote engineering studies all you want, but they mean nothing. You can massage figures to make them say whatever you want. Don't trust engineers too much. They're the same one who said Rakow Rd only needed 2 lanes. I know a state engineer assigned to the project and it's considered one of the jokes of the state. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where all the backups are. 2 lanes of cars backed up to 25 are a bunch more than any backup on 31. All they're doing is moving the backup further West. Pure genius.
Ed Sapeta September 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Sour Grapes and Not much substance Collins
Matt Collins September 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Lot of substance in that reply. Sapeta. Almost as insightful as "Oh yeah" About as much thought put into it as I suspected.
JC September 21, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The Western Bypass will be another Eye Sore, along with the others edifices along Algonquin Road! Seems that Eminent domain should have prevailed. There is not much history in Downtown Algonquin to preserve, let alone north Route 31! Should have just widened 31 and added another bridge across the Fox.
Kim Schmitt September 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Mr. Sapeta was involved in the study process by IDOT years ago and has had access to all of the traffic information. He is commenting from a position of knowledge.

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