Another road question asked by County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller of the four applicants for the remaining term of recently-resigned McHenry County Board member Ken Koehler concerning kicking in county tax dollars to subsidize the extension of Illinois Route 53 north from Lake-Cook Road to Route 176 in Volo.
Gottemoller revealed that Jim Heisler, who was on the interview panel, had been meeting with Lake County officials for something over a year on the subject of extending Route 53.
The cost will be about two and a half billion dollars and the project is $1 billion short.
Lake County officials have asked McHenry County to contribute to the cost of moving the end of the expressway north.
The result, Gottemoller explained, would be an increase in the traffic count on Route 120 to 60,000 cars a day, about the number at the intersection of Algonquin and Randall Roads.
“The road that never was,” Crystal Lake City Councilman and Union banker Jeff Thorsen observed in the beginning of this answer.
“We’ll have to worry about [Illinois State] Route 120,” he continued.
Gottmoller interjected that it might relieve pressure on Randall Road.
Thorsen suggested, “We might want to curtail our support a bit.”
Financial advisor and Crystal Lake City Councilman Cameron Hubbard thought it “could be a very good thing for McHenry County as far as growth [is concerned].
“It could really help growth in McHenry County,”
Long-time Crystal Lake GOP Precinct Committeeman Tom McDermott seemed to express surprise at the idea: “Wow! A big one.”
Custom home builder John Reinert asked, “Would it benefit the people?”
Answering his own question, he said, “My gut [feeling] is that it would have a positive effect.”
He added, “How long do we wait?”