Is it possible the relentless logic of Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson is getting through to the Northwest Herald?
Willson has written critiques of the project as stand alone articles and comments under Randall Road articles.
Here’s a comment from Friday’s article about the Friday Committee of the Whole meeting of the McHenry County Board:
The issue is NOT,
“Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if Randall Road were wider.”
The issue is,
“Should we spend $100 million to widen Randall Road.”
Here are some facts:
1) The main cause of backups on Randall is the single left turn lanes at Algonquin Road; this issue is to be addressed.
2) The proponents of this project estimate that after $100 million is spent, the average rush hour driver will save ONE MINUTE.
3) The proposed cost is a multiple of the average cost to add lanes in the urban parts of Illinois — not the average for Illinois as a whole or rural downstate Illinois, for the URBAN parts of Illinois.
4) The cost per trip for each benefited driver would be a multiple of the cost of using the Illinois Tollway.
5) Traffic hasn’t increased on the parts of Randall to be widened in over ten years.