The following letter was first printed in the Northwest Herald. It is published here with the permission of author Steve Willson.
Randall Road Waste
Figures from the McHenry County Division of Transportation show that, even at rush hour, traffic on Randall Road at Algonquin does not exceed capacity, nor has traffic on that part of Randall grown in more than twelve years.
There is exactly one bottleneck: during rush hour, as many as 425 cars turn left from Randall onto Algonquin, north and south. The capacity of a left turn lane is 300 cars per hour. Making dual left turn lanes there should cost a few million dollars.
The County’s solution: build TRIPLE left turn lanes, add dedicated right turn lanes, and expand through-lanes from four to six. Oh, and add more signaled intersections and reduce the speed limit, so the net time savings to drivers will be zero.
The projected cost? $97 million.
Not only is that vastly more than just fixing the left turn lanes, it’s four to five times the average cost to construct highways in the urban part of Illinois, which, according to the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, is about $2 million per lane-mile.
And the Northwest Herald thinks that’s a great idea!
The founding fathers created a three part system of government so that the legislative branch would be a check on the executive branch. At the local level, this means the County Board is supposed to be a check on the bureaucracy. If board members rely without question on what staff tells them to do, then the board members aren’t doing their job for the public.
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