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

This sign is in front of the Park & Ride lot in Genoa City, Wisconsin, just over the state line from Richmond.

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 answers was carpooling.

But, where to park?

Nowhere in McHenry County.

For years as we went to Wisconsin on Route 12 I looked at the Park and Ride lot just over the state line in Genoa.

Now, 37 years later, the McHenry County Transportation Committee will consider a resolution to award a $99,597 contract with Civiltech Engineering for “construction management and inspection services.”

The regional planning agency (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) has been looking as such parking lots since 2007.

Construction is not contemplated until 2013.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds will pay for Civiltech’s services.


Park and Ride Lot in the Future of Route 31 & Virginia Street Road Intersection — 4 Comments

  1. Why are we building new parking lots?

    Anyone know the negative impact of parking lots on runoff pollution and the inherent barrier to water filtration?

    The impact on local flooding?

    Are we that dumbed down?

    How many parking spaces go unfilled at empty retail stores?

    Why not lease those lots or give the property owner a property tax reduction for the use of those lots for commuter parking?

    Retail parking lots are not full on weekdays.

    Why not set aside a number of spaces for commuter parking on non-holiday business days?
    Just an idea. The proposed parking lot is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars.

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