Park & Ride Lot – Possible Salt Dome Site?

The McHenry County Board seems determined to come up with a site for another salt dome in the southeastern part of McHenry County, which the Transportation Committee has defined as south of Route 176 and east of Route 47. Perhaps … Continue reading

MCC Board Picks Architect

After a long and secret retreat, the McHenry County College selected the architectural firm of Demonica Kempter Architects (DKA). (Fortunately, I brought three newspapers and a new science fiction novel to read while waiting in the hall.) The firm was … Continue reading

Hanky Panky at the Courthouse

Yesterday, I attended the Transportation Committee meeting of the McHenry County Board. That was where the Committee voted 3-2 to approve dropping the Continuous Flow Intersection in favor of a more conventional, yet innovative for Illinois, approach of three left … Continue reading

Randall Road Decision Meeting Moved to County Board Room

With citizens getting uppity on proposed recreational zoning restrictions and mailings going out in opposition to the Continuous Flow Intersection proposal at Randall and Algonquin Roads, McHenry County officials have decided to move next Wednesday’s 8:15 AM meeting of the … Continue reading

CFI Pot Bubbling

I attended my first McHenry County Board Transportation Committee meeting this morning. Todd Bright, the lead man from Randall Road consultant firm TranSystems, gave an update on the project that Chairwoman Anna May Miller is vigorously pushing for a September … Continue reading

The Humongous Building in Crystal Lake that County Officials Want to Buy for a Salt Dome

My wife refers to the Crystal Lake Park District as the “Crystal Lake Park and Real Estate Company” because it owns so much property in Crystal Lake. Now comes the Transportation Committee and Department saying it wants to buy property … Continue reading

Critics of Continuous Flow Intersection at Algonquin & Randall Roads Make Progress

In Sunday’s Northwest Herald, Executive Editor Dan McCaleb announces he has changed his mind on the County Transportation Department’s desire to build a Continuous Flow Intersection at Algonquin and Randall Roads. Strangely, the NWH has published nothing I have seen … Continue reading

McHenry County Update on Randall Road

This is from the McHenry County Department of Transportation: MAY 13, 2014. At the direction of the McHenry County Board, the design team continues to meet with businesses and other project stakeholders to solicit feedback for use in the re-analysis … Continue reading

Population Dropping, But CFI Based on Increase

Crain’s Chicago Business is reporting the Census Bureau says that each of the six Chicagoland counties lost population between 2010 and 2013. The McHenry County Board’s Continuous Flow Intersection at the corner of Algonquin and Randall Roads is based on … Continue reading

Another Retailer Spooked by County’s Continuous Flow Intersection Plan

The letter below was sent to McHenry County Engineer Joseph Korpalski by a new retailer in the Chicago market, Art Van Furniture. Its Real Estate Manager Lee Winter indicates that his firm is not interested in locating her if a … Continue reading

Reconstructed Richmond Bridge Re-Opened on Hill Road

A press release from McHenry County: Hill Road Bridge Reopened October 1st WOODSTOCK, IL – The McHenry County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) reopened the Hill Road Bridge over the North Branch of Nippersink Creek, located just east of the Village … Continue reading

Input Sought on McHenry County Transportation Plan

From the McHenry County Department of Transportation: The McHenry County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) is developing the County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan. When complete, the Plan will provide a blueprint for future transportation decisions, prioritizing which and when projects are … Continue reading

McHenry County Road Project Updates

From the McHenry Department of Transportation: MCDOT Update Construction Rakow Road has been completed. Aside from a few punch list items and tree planting in the spring, this $26 million project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. The project website … Continue reading

Windy Rakow Road Ribbon Cutting

This morning’s ribbon cutting for Rakow Road had a bit better weather than the snowy day when the road was inaugurated. The sides to the tent weren’t lowered today. No participation, but wind strong enough to lift the unweighted tent … Continue reading

Mark DeVries Gets National Award for Discover & Promotion of Beet Juice Anti-Ice Road Treatment

McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler offers the following on an award given to McHenry County Transportation Department Maintenance Superintendent Mark DeVries: “I am pleased to announce that the McHenry County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) Maintenance Superintendent Mark DeVries was … Continue reading

Today Is the Day to See McHenry County’s 2040 Transportation Plan at CL City Hall

That’s what this reminder from the McHenry County Department of Transportation says: “The McHenry County Division of Transportation will be holding an open house this Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM at the Crystal Lake City … Continue reading

Park and Ride Lot in the Future of Route 31 & Virginia Street Road Intersection

The energy crisis hit us in 1975. It was so intense that my constituents took after me while I filled my tank with gas at the station next to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce building. One of the obvious … Continue reading