For as long as I can remember, Barrington Hills has opposed turning Route 62 into four lanes.
When Jim Kempe was Village President and I served as State Representative and was Republican Spokesman on the Appropriations Committee that handled the Illinois Department of Transportation budget, I asked him what it would take to gain Barrington Hills’ acquiescence to widen Route 62.
He floated the idea of two overpasses for cross roads. I can’t remember which ones, but local residents could probably identify where they would be most needed.
At the League of Women Voters Forum for legislative candidates, questions were asked of both the State Representative candidates, who represent many Algonquin Road commuters in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake and Huntley, plus the State Senate candidates through whose district the two-lane State Route runs, about widening Route 62 through Barrington Hills from two to four lanes.
The question pointed out that every other main road into southeastern McHenry County is a four-lane road.
Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin was the first to reply to the question.
He started his reply by referring to the Longmeadow Parkway. He said the proposal was “not communicated effectively to the constituency.”
Had it been, he thought, the plan would have been different.
With regard to Route 62, he said he was “against widening Route 62.”
Dan McConchie’s answer pointed to “serious congestion issues.”
He said he “would like to see more information” on the “expansion of the road.”
The third candidate, Casey Urlacher was unable to make the Forum.
In the 66th State Rep. District part of the Forum, Dan Wilbrandt’s reply was direct and amusing:
“It’s funny that we want to improve roads so people can get in and out faster.”
Carolyn Schofield seemed to expand the question:
“I actually completely agree with that support of Randall and Algonquin interchange.”
Then she addressed the question that was asked:
“If they feel it’s a project they need to make their village thrive.” [I assume the “they” she was referring to was the Village of Barrington Hills. None of her district is in Barrington Hills.]
She then returned to the intersection of Randall and Algonquin Roads, norting the “great population boom west of Randall.
“There traffic is an issue.
“A CFI [Continuous Flow Intersection] may not be the answer.”
My notes don’t have an answer from Allen Skillicorn. [Don’t know why.]
Paul Serwatka had left the stage by the time the Route 62 question was asked.
It should be noted that Route 62 is four lanes through South Barrington until it reaches Barrington Hills.
Then it is two lanes until just before Route 25.
There are four lanes through the Village of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills all the way to Route 47 in Huntley.
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This a project which should be possible with a Republican Governor.