Here’s what the McHenry County Board’s Transportation Committee will consider today:
On September 19, 2016, MCDOT was approached by representatives from IDOT with a proposal to assist IDOT with winter operations on approximately 118 lane miles of State Highways.
Three (3) other counties located in State District 1 were also approached with the same proposal (DuPage, Kane & Lake Counties).
MCDOT put together a strategic plan focusing on State Highways segregated to the northwest corner of the County.
By focusing on the NW portion of the County, MCDOT feels the transition of the traveling public will be less dramatic.
This will also assist the Sheriff when issues arise as to who is maintaining this part of the County.
The MCDOT’s assistance will be accomplished through the extension of existing routes, the addition of another plow route, adding an existing plow truck and the use of seasonal staff.
This plan would accommodate the handling of 72.35 lane miles of the proposed amount previously requested by IDOT.
2016/17 winter season snow & ice removal operations will take place on the following State Highways:
- Illinois Route 173 from Boone County Line to Illinois Route 47
- Illinois Route 14 from Wisconsin State Line to Illinois Route 23
- Illinois Route 47 from Wisconsin State Line to Charles Road
On September 23, 2016 representatives from McHenry, DuPage & Kane Counties all met in Lake County. Highlights from the meeting are as follows:
- All county agencies share same passion for the safety of the traveling public
- Best interest to offer whatever we can
- Environmentally more sound to assist with the prevention of hard pack snow
At the October 19, 2016 Transportation Committee meeting, the IDOT request for McHenry County snow plowing services was discussed.
Direction was received from the Transportation Committee to move forward with the IDOT request and to bring forward an agreement.
The State will reimburse the MCDOT $2,500/lane mile (total $180,875).
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$57,500 of additional seasonal staff will need to be hired. Expenses, including captial, is expected to be reimbursed by the state.