There is a hearing Thursday from 4-7 at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive, to consider the widening of Route 62 from Route 25 to Route 68, that is, through Barrington Hills.
A Barrington Hills group has sent out a notice, but before posting it, let me share my comment. (You can make comments here.)
Comments from Cal Skinner
Whatever is done, curbs should not be a part of the plan.
Consider the reduction of the speed limit from 55 to 45-MPH on Route 62 from the Barrington Hills Village Hall to Barrington Road once Route 62 was widened.
And the similar speed limit reduction on Route 14 from Crystal Lake to Woodstock.
The Chairman of the McHenry County Board Transportation Committee, Joe Gottemoller, told me that the speed reduction was because of the curbs that were installed, that if vehicles hit the curb they might flip over.
Not a problem if no curbes.
Compare the 45-MPH speed limit on those two recently widened roads with that on Route 72 west of Barrington Road into East Dundee.
That speed llimit is 55 MPH.
I assume that its having no curbs is the reason the 55-MPH speed limit is allowed.
I urge state officials not to spend millions of dollars on widening Route 62 through Barrington Hills just to slow down traffic.
The goal should be to increase traffic flow, not slow it down.
IDOT is conducting a public information meeting on Thursday November 9 – 4 pm to 7pm
Barrington Park District 235 Lions Drive
The topic is the widening of IL 62 from 25 to 68.
IDOT will “introduce the project, solicit public input, provide information on additional public involvement opportunities.”
Please note: The official public meeting record will include comments heard in person, mailed, and ones that can be submitted online – linked here.
Also, Next Door has a thread about this. LINKED HERE If you have not joined the Next Door web community, you may want to consider joining it. Unlike Facebook, it is divided up into neighborhoods which keeps the posts local.
From IDOT’s website
IL 62 from IL 25 to IL 68
The Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) has initiated preliminary engineering and environmental studies (Phase I) to identify potential improvements to IL 62 (Algonquin Road) from IL 25 on the west to IL 68 on the east.
The project is located in Barrington Hills in Kane and Cook Counties.
The IL 62 Phase I study is incorporating the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), designed to engage all project stakeholders in the development of cost effective transportation facilities.
Click here for more information regarding the IL 62 Study.
Concerns of the sender of the email
As most residents know, the widening of the road is not the issue.
The issue is the stop lights at the intersections of 62/25 and 62/68/59 intersections.
Only so much traffic can travel through our village at once.
Why encourage more traffic that will travel at a high rate of speed and impact our quiet village community in a detrimental way?
Please attend the meeting and/or voice your opinion at the link above.
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