Here’s an update from Bradford W. Meador, Manager, Property Management, Great Lakes Facilities Service Office, on what’s happening with the disagreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Postal System about the taking of parking spaces from the Algonquin Post Office to construct the Route 31 Bypass around Downtown Algonquin:
“The issues discussed in my last email still remain unresolved.
“The recent meeting a couple weeks ago between
- the U S Postal Service officials,
- IDOT officials and
- staff members of Senator Durbin’s and Kirk’s offices
did not resolve anything.
“I am advised that the issue has been elevated to the Post Master General (PMG) of the Postal Service for further discussion between the Senators’ offices and the PMG.
“The Postal Service has been advising IDOT since 1995 that their plan doesn’t work for the Algonquin, IL MPO site but to no avail.
“IDOT has moved ahead with their concept to provide the bypass as it accommodates their design.
“My observation is that in light of the many issues currently being presented to Congress for the future of the Postal Service there may be some compromises to accommodate many agendas.”
In answer to a question, Meador added,
“Algonquin and the surrounding area will continue to grow.
“The need for land area to add parking for the postal vehicles and the employees’ cars is needed.
“IDOT is taking land area that would preclude that ability.
“The current parking needs can be met with some design changes but it is the long term concern that is an issue for the postal service in addition to ingress/egress on Route 62.”
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The other report on IDOT’s problems obtaining right-of-way can be found here.