Pressure has been building to kill the Continuous Flow Intersection at Algonquin and Randall Roads.
After tomorrow’s meeting the idea will be in the trash can.
One could tell at the last Transportation Committee meeting that Committee Chairwoman Anna May Miller did not have the four solid votes needed to send the proposal to the full County Board.
Last Thursday’s secret meeting held with stakeholders and officials from Algonquin and Lake in the Hills had no support for the CFI solution proposed by the Transportation Department.
The alternative, triple left turn lanes on Algonquin Road on both sides of Randall Road received more support.
An argument put forward for the CFI was that it would probably qualify for a Federal Highway Administration demonstration grant. Those typically have the Federal taxpayers footing 80% of the bill with local government picking up the other 20%.
Since I had to go to Florida to find examples of “triple lefts,” my guess is that it could be successfully submitted to the Feds as a “demonstration” project.
It would also give all those who ardently supported the CFI a graceful way out.
The pertinent part of the agenda packet for Wednesday morning’s 8:15 meeting, which could be live streamed because it is being held in the County Board room, but probably won’t be because the County is not that dedicated to transparency, can be seen below:
This is the biggest upcoming highway expenditure and less than two weeks before the date a final vote is proposed, County Board members do not even know its content.