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 and Algonquin Roads?” was the first question.
Answering first was custom home builder John Reinert.
He asked for more studies, mentioning specifically traffic counts.
Banker and long-time Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen said that the “intersection could use improvement,” but questioned the cost of the $100 million or so project.
Gottemoller said the cost was not yet known, that it depended on whether Randall Road was expanded to six lanes.
The originally proposed Continuous Flow Intersection (which Gottemoller pointed out in a preface to his question was no longer under consideration) would have hurt Lake in the Hills, Thorsen explained.
“If I’m an engineer I want to do it up as good as I can,” he continued. He suggested engineers could “over cross the ‘t’s’ and over dot the ‘i’s’.”
Next up was financial advisor and thre-year Crystal Lake City Councilman Cameron Hubbard.
He explained that Randall Road was “literally in my back yard” one block from his home.
“It’s a nightmare.
“We need to move forward.
“It’s going to be a great deal of money.
“It’s important to improve the infrastructure, [especially] main routes.”
The final applicant to take on the question was former Arnold Engineering Sales Manager and long-time Crystal Lake Republican Precinct Committeeman Tom McDermott.
Saying he was thinking “outside the box,” McDermott said,
“If we were to build another lane, there would be the same amount of traffic.”
He suggested making Ackmann Road four-lanes all the way through to Route 47 to relieve traffic on Algonquin Road. Connecting Ackmann from Haligus, where Ackmann now ends, to Route 47 is in County plans, but not four lanes, I believe.]
He also suggested extending Algonquin Road west of Route 47. [That is also a county plan.]