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Detour: Flooding recedes, but road work ramps up throughout McHenry County

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 10:49 a.m. CDT

• FLOODWATERS CONTINUE TO RECEDE – McHenry County last weekend reopened River Road between Charles Miller and Lily Lake roads to traffic.

• SPEAKING OF MILLER AND RIVER ROADS – Watch for workers and anticipate delays because of ongoing work to add a two-lane span over the Fox River and widen Miller Road to four lanes with dedicated turn lanes from Route 31 to River Road.

The first phase, which consists primarily of building the new span, will cost about $12 million and is anticipated to be finished by the end of October, weather permitting.

• I-90: Watch for lane closures and slower traffic as work continues on the Route 20 overpass.

• WESTERN BYPASS: Watch for workers and delays as workers continue a $33 million project to build a two-mile, four-lane highway west of downtown Algonquin to ease congestion on Route 31.

Algonquin Road between Main Street and Meyer Drive will be down to one lane through this fall. Watch for lane closures on Route 31/Main Street. South Main Street has one lane closed between Edgewood and Huntington drives, and North Main Street has one lane closed between Cary-Algonquin Road and Linden Avenue. Huntington Drive will remain closed between Circle Drive and South Main Street through summer 2014. A detour to Edgewood Drive is posted.

• WALKUP ROAD: Work on the Walkup Road project is about 85 percent done and is expected to be finished by June. The three-phase project is widening and improving about 6 miles of Walkup Road between Bull Valley Road and Route 176.

• ROUTES 31 AND 176: Workers closed East Terra Cotta Avenue, east of the intersection, on April 16. But work to remove pavement, installation of temporary traffic signals, and storm sewer and water main work is set to start this week.

• FLEMING ROAD: If your commute includes scenic Fleming Road, we’ll let you know in a few months when work begins to rebuild the road, one lane at a time. And don’t worry – after years of fighting, area residents prevailed in getting a plan to fix the road while saving that view.

Sources: McHenry County Division of Transportation, City of Crystal Lake, Village of Algonquin, Illinois Toll Highway Authority

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