McHenry County Road Projects

Here’s an update from the McHenry County Department of Transportation:

County Road Construction Projects Update

Digging on Rakow Road

Rakow Road Reconstruction – April was a very rainy month, but noticeable progress was definitely made! Earthwork is progressing on the south portion of the project with storm sewers being installed from Virginia Road towards Illinois Route 31. Temporary pavement is proceeding on the north side in preparation for shifting traffic to the north to allow the southern half of the pavement to be constructed this year. Water main work has begun at Ackman Road. Utility relocations continue along the corridor and are anticipated to be complete in May. Temporary traffic signals were turned on at the Ackman, McHenry, Pyott and Virginia Road intersections. Signal timings are continuously being monitored and adjusted to maximize their benefits to traffic. We appreciate your patience and extra care in driving through the construction zones.


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Walkup Road Widening, Resurfacing and Multi-use Path Construction – Construction is resuming in full swing this week with Curb and Gutter being poured on the east side at Crystal Springs Road, concrete pathway being poured north of Hillside Road on the east side, paving of pavement widening starting later in the week, and installation of traffic signal equipment. Traffic flows will be interrupted intermittently throughout the week in the areas where crews are working. Please Drive Carefully and allow extra time to get through the construction zones. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit

Dunham Road Bridge Replacement – The last two weeks of weather have hurt progress as earthwork was not possible with all of the rain. However, the Contractor plans to gear up starting Tuesday to place Rip Rap, drive piling, and prepare to pour the west abutment. The project is scheduled for completion by June 24; however utility work did create about a delay which may extend the completion date.

Union Road Bridge Replacement – The Preconstruction meeting has been set by IDOT for May 13, 2011. Work is expected to start within two weeks of that date. The contract completion date for this work is September 30, 2011. There will be a marked Detour Route in effect for the duration of construction using IL 176, IL 23, US 20, West Union Road and North Union Road. The Detour Route and additional information will be available at www.McHerny in the near future.

County Pavement Preservation Projects – The County’s milling and resurfacing project is scheduled to start on May 16. The low bidder on this project was Arrow Road Construction Company. This project will provide a heavy mill and overlay on Maple Street, Cary-Algonquin Road and Roberts Road.

The County Crack Sealing project is scheduled to start in early May and will include routing and sealing of pavement cracks on Coral, Country Club, Lakewood, Ridgefield and Vermont Roads.

Three New Bridge Replacement Projects – On April 29, 2011 in Springfield, IL, bids were taken by the Illinois Department of Transportation on three McHenry County Bridge Replacement projects. Work is expected to start on all three later this summer and all are scheduled to be completed in 2011. They are the Lawrence Road bridge over Lawrence Creek just north of Oak Grove Road, the Dunham Road bridge over Rush Creek west of Illinois Route 23 in Dunham Township, and the Graf Road bridge over Lawrence Creek just north of Oak Grove Road in Chemung Township. The completion of these projects will eliminate three load posted bridges on the County and Township roadway systems.

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