Algonquin Tollway Bridge Won’t Relieve Congestion

Motorists won’t flock to a new Bolz Road toll bridge being pushed by area municipal, Kane and McHenry County officials.

That’s what a newly released study by Wilbur Smith Associates indicates, according to an Elgin Courier News article by Pete Gonigam (picked up from sister paper Algonquin Countryside) I read Friday.

Elgin’s Courier-News reports that a 50-cent toll would lure only 16,000 of the 110,000 crossing the Fox River. That’s less than 15% of the traffic.

At the highest toll examined–$2.50 a crossing—only 4,000 of our more affluent neighbors would be willing to pay to avoid the Route 62, Route 72 and Carpentersville crossings.

Traffic consultant Eugene Ryan advised that a $2 toll would yield the most money. That looks like it would between 4,000 and 9,500 vehicles a day. Funny that the consultant did not provide a number.

Of course, the Carpentersville to Algonquin toll bridge supporters don’t yet know how much it would cost to build the bridge.

The question citizens might want to ask is why the Democrats in control of Springfield refuse to build a toll bridge across the Mississippi, but are willing to allow one across the Fox River.

And, if a capital construction bill is every passed, why none of our northern Kane, southern McHenry County legislators have even put this bridge on the negotiating table.

Using an estimated cost of $80 million, Daily Herald reporter James Fuller wrote,

“…an $80 million toll bridge that moves 16,000 vehicles off other roads translates to a traffic congestion relief project that costs $5,000 for each car diverted daily from the existing bumper-to-bumper routes over the river.”

For you potential commuter users, by the way, the consultant recommended a $1.50 a trip toll in order to maximize revenue for the project.

Just as the folks who put together the Illinois Tollway, Longmeadow Parkway Toll Bridge Task Force Chairman Bill Wyatt promised that the tolls would go away after the bonds were paid off.

You believe that, don’t you?

I think I’ll take Route 62 or, if going to Chicago, take the tollway that costs me 40 cents from the Elgin toll plaza to O’Hare Airport.

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The graphic is from Pete Gonigam’s original article in the Algonquin Countryside.


Algonquin Tollway Bridge Won’t Relieve Congestion — 1 Comment

  1. CMAP is one of several Federally designated regional planning authorities, and the Federally recognized planning agency for the Chicago area.

    The following document talks about a bicycle path along the route and gives one an idea of how the CMAP system works.

    The counties have planning departments as do the municipalities.

    Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor
    Traffic Projections and Financial Feasibility Study
    Final Report of Findings
    August 2009
    Prepared by Wilbur Smith Associates in association with Kane County Division of Transportation, V3 Companies of Illinois

    Longmeadow Parkway Corridor Design Report
    Prepared for Kane County and the Illinois Department of Transportation
    September 2012
    Prepared by: McDonough Associates Inc.

    Longmeadow Parkway Design Report
    Prepared for Kane County and the Illinois Department of Transportation
    Volume I of II
    Kane County
    Section No. 94-00215-01-ES
    Project No. DPC-M-0019(008)
    Job No. P-91-393-94
    December 2013

    Kane County Division of Transportation
    FY 2014 Program and Budget Summary
    January 2014

    Village of Algonquin
    Downtown Planning Study
    Submitted by LandVision Inc.
    Business Districts Inc.
    Sam Schwartz Engineering
    Approved March 5, 2013

    Lake County
    Spring Creek Watershed-Based Plan
    DRAFT 1 (March 2012)

    Barrington Hills
    Bike Path Funding
    February 21, 2014

    Village of Carpentersville
    Tom Rickert, Kane County – Update on Longmeadow Parkway
    February 4, 2015 Board Agenda

    To: MPO Policy Committee
    From: CMAP Staff
    October 9, 2013
    Agenda Item No. 7.0
    Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014-2018 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Multi-Year Proposed Program–CMAQ14-18Program%2BList10-09-2013.pdf/5a3988e2-4560-4e84-9371-8b52ed04fc68

    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
    CMAQ Multi-Year Program for Northeastern Illinois – FY 2014-2018
    Program Approved by CMAP Board on October 9, 2013 and MPO Policy Committee on October 17, 2013

    Village of Carpentersville
    Old Town Plan
    Draft Existing Conditions Report
    November 9, 2011

    Village of Carpentersville
    Longmeadow Parkway Corridor Study
    Amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan
    Adopted June 9, 2009
    Prepared by Houseal Lavigne Associates

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