$10 Million More to “Expedite” Randall Road Right-of-Way Purchases

Next Wednesday, the McHenry County Board’s Transportation Committee has before it a request to authorize another $10 million  for “the acquisition of right-of-way for the Randall Road widening and resurfacing capacity improvement project.” $5 million was previously appropriated in February of 2014. … Continue reading

Will Randall Road Be Allowed To Deteriorate Until Widening?

Went to Algonquin Saturday to Red Robin. As we were returning to Crystal Lake, I noticed the Randall Road pothole in the photo below across from the old Citco Station, which I assume the McHenry County Transportation Department has already … Continue reading

County Board Appointment Interview – Rt. 53 Extension

Another road question asked by County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller of the four applicants for the remaining term of recently-resigned McHenry County Board member Ken Koehler concerning kicking in county tax dollars to subsidize the extension of Illinois Route 53 … Continue reading

County Board Appointment Interview – Randall Road

When McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller and three other members were interviewing four applicants who wish to serve out Metra Board member Ken Koehler remaining term, Gottemoller asked a series of questions about road construction. “Should we improve Randall … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Reflectors

One wet night after the improvements were finished on Rakow Road where it intersects with McHenry Avenue, I noticed that there were no reflectors between lanes to help guide motorists. I still wonder why this safety feature was not included … Continue reading

Attorney General Investigating Whether Transportation Committee Meeting Met Open Meetings Act Requirements

The Illinois Attorney General notified McHenry County late yesterday afternoon that it is investigating whether the County Board’s Transportation Committee operated within the limitations of the Open Meetings Act at its September 3rd meeting on Randall Road. The question was … Continue reading

Minutes of Secret Meeting on Randall Road Released

The McHenry County Transportation Department has posted minutes of the August 28, 2014, meeting to which members of the County Board, the general public and the media were prohibited from attending. I find interesting that the term CFI (for Continuous … 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

Prediction on CFI – Down the Tube, Replaced by Triple Left Lanes on Algonquin Road, Doubles on Randall

Pressure has been building to kill the Continuous Flow Intersection at Algonquin and Randall Roads. After tomorrow’s meeting the idea will be in the trash can. One could tell at the last Transportation Committee meeting that Committee Chairwoman Anna May … Continue reading

What to Expect at County Transporation Committee Meeting Wednesday Morning

The McHenry County Transportation Committee will meet at 8:15 AM in the Board’s room in the Administrative Building in Woodstock. According to The First Electric Newspaper, there was a secret slide presentation to a group of “stakeholders” last Thursday. Algonquin … 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