The opponents of Extending Route 53 to Route 176 won a victory at the Lake County Board, the Daily Herald reports.
So McHenry County comuters who use Rt. 53 will continue to be frustrated.
The original plan by the Illinois Department of Transportation was to hook up Rt. 53 with Rt. 176.
The eastern route would go to Waukegan.
The western route would run between McHenry and Johnsburg, up to Richmond to the Wisconsin Interstate.
That was originally planned around 1970 to service a racetrack in Richmpond run by Marge Everett.
She figured with interstates running from the Chicago area, Madison and Milwaukee, such a facility would be successful.
The problem was that the residents of the Long Grove area were influential enough to put a brick on the project.
It appears they still are.
While McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Al Jourdan had enough pull to get Route 176 widened to four lanes from McHenry into Lake County, he couldn’t overcome Lake Countu opposition.
With no support from McHenry County legislators (myself included), Jourdan did convince the Illinois General Assembly to turn over IDOT righmt-of-way to the Toll Highway Authority.
There was no compensation rendered to the Road Fund.
The Tollway has done nothing to fulfill Jourdan’s dreams of a four-lane Interstae to his homerown of Johnsburg.
Opponents of the extension argue that just improving existing roads will be good enough.