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Detour: Rural roads have projects aplenty

Published: Sunday, July 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:05 p.m. CDT

Let’s start this week’s edition highlighting three ongoing projects – a repaving and two bridge replacements – in the county’s rural areas.

FRANKLINVILLE ROAD: The road will remain closed to through traffic through the end of the month for repaving. A posted detour takes drivers around via Kishwaukee Valley, Vermont and Millstream roads, and Route 176.

LAWRENCE ROAD BRIDGE: Lawrence Road is down to one lane with a temporary traffic signal as workers replace the bridge over Piscasaw Creek. Weidner Road is closed at its intersection with Lawrence Road. The project is scheduled to be finished at the end of October.

HILL ROAD BRIDGE: Hill Road southeast of Richmond remains closed while workers replace a bridge over the north branch of Nippersink Creek. Work is expected to be finished in September.

CHARLES MILLER ROAD: Work is ongoing to create another 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 and improving the intersection of Miller and River roads, will cost about $12 million and is anticipated to be finished by the end of October, weather permitting.

FLEMING ROAD: Work continues to rebuild the 2½-mile stretch of road between Route 120 and Country Club Road. A posted detour reroutes drivers through Woodstock along Routes 120, 47 and 14.

WESTERN BYPASS: Watch for workers and delays as workers continue a $33 million project to build a 2-mile, four-lane highway west of downtown Algonquin to relieve 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.

INTERSTATE 90 AND ROUTE 47: Be prepared for slower traffic along Route 47 as work continues to create a full interchange. The completion date for the $69 million project has been pushed back to November.

ELSEWHERE ON I-90: Overnight work is scheduled this weekend between Route 72 and Powers Road, between Barrington Road and Salt Creek, and between Elmhurst and Roselle roads.

CRYSTAL LAKE ROAD: Work is ongoing to resurface and improve traffic signals on Crystal Lake Road in McHenry, from Bull Valley Road to Route 120. The $1.28 million project is expected to be finished in August.

JOHNSBURG ROAD: Only westbound traffic is allowed to travel along the road from Chapel Hill Road to Cherokee Drive. Eastbound traffic is being rerouted through a Route 31, Route 120, Chapel Hill Road detour.

ROUTES 31 AND 176: Workers closed East Terra Cotta Avenue, east of the intersection, as part of an ongoing $10.18 million improvement project set for completion in September. Watch for workers.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: You can sign up at NWHerald.com/newsletter to get a weekly email update on road projects throughout construction season. You also can find updates online at NWHerald.com/construction.

SOURCES: McHenry County Division of Transportation, village of Algonquin, Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Toll Highway Authority

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