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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. 

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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