Below is the resolution that the McHenry County Board passed last Tuesday night with regard to Randall Road. It confirms previous reports in McHenry County Blog that the Continuous Flow Intersection (aka, CFI) is being dumped in lieu of three left turn lanes on both sides on Algonquin Road and two lefts each way on Randall.
WHEREAS, McHenry County has determined that there is a need to widen and reconstruct Randall Road in Algonquin Township as part of the approved FY 2014 to 2018 Transportation Program; and
WHEREAS, the existing road cannot accommodate the projected growth in traffic that sustains the economic viability and regional mobility in the Algonquin/Crystal Lake/Lake in the Hills area; and
WHEREAS, the Phase I Preliminary Engineering study developed a preferred alternative that was approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration on December 23, 2013; and
WHEREAS, the McHenry County Board, as part of the Phase II Design Engineering, desired to reevaluate the preferred alternative at the Randall Road intersection with Algonquin Road; and
WHEREAS, the reevaluation process of the Randall Road intersection with Algonquin Road sought input from area stakeholders and used current socioeconomic data from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to develop new alternatives for the intersection; and
WHEREAS, the Transportation Committee supports the Conventional Intersection as the Preferred Alternative with the parameters outlined in the presentation as it provides for the optimal solution addressing the needs for all users of Randall Road.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the County Board of McHenry County that the Preferred Alternative for the Randall Road project at the Algonquin Road intersection is the Conventional Intersection as shown on Exhibit A attached hereto and hereby made a part hereof; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Randall Road from County Line Road north to Ackman Road shall proceed incorporating the Preferred Alternative as shown on Exhibit A for the intersection of Randall Road and Algonquin Road; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is hereby directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the County Board; the County Administrator; the Village of Algonquin, the Village of Lake in the Hills, the City of Crystal Lake and the Director of Transportation/County Engineer.
As in all resolutions, the “be it resolved” paragraphs at the bottom are the guts of the decision.
A memo accompanying the resolution has the following relevant information:
Background: The Phase I was approved by IDOT/FHWA on December 23, 2013. A preferred alternative was selected as part of the Phase I process for Randall Road. Since that time, the Transportation Committee and the County Board desired to reevaluate the design of the Randall Road intersection with Algonquin Road.
Discussion: The Phase II Design reevaluation process of the Randall Road intersection with Algonquin Road has actively re-engaged the stakeholders along the Randall Road corridor in particular those within proximity to the Randall Road/Algonquin Road intersection to aid in developing new alternatives.
The design team has also utilized current CMAP socioeconomic data as part of CMAP’s periodic update to its GO TO 2040 Plan for the Chicago Metropolitan region which includes McHenry County to ensure that the project is designed appropriately.
Through this process, alternatives have been developed for consideration by the Transportation Committee.
At the September 3, 2014 Transportation Committee meeting, the Conventional Intersection was selected by the Transportation Committee as the preferred alternative.