Proposed McHenry intersection upgrades move forward

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 10:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT

McHENRY – Plans to improve the intersection at Bull Valley and Curran roads are moving ahead.

The McHenry City Council hired HR Green for just under $68,000 to do the engineering for phase one of the project in a 6-1 vote Monday evening.

The city is responsible for covering the engineering costs for phase one and two of the project. The McHenry County Council of Mayors awarded the city about $750,000 in federal transportation dollars, which will cover up to 80 percent of the construction and phase three engineering costs.

The proposed improvements are to address the “extensive backups” that occur during peak times by improving traffic flow and turn lane capacity as well as minor drainage issues, according to the HR Green agreement.

The intersection also will be evaluated to determine if a roundabout would be the best design for the intersection, a study required by the Illinois Department of Transportation for any intersection that does not currently have a traffic signal, said Chad Pieper, an HR Green engineer who handles city projects.

If the city continues to move ahead with the project, construction is tentatively set to start in late spring 2015, Pieper said.

The work is not connected to Bull Valley Road improvements planned by the county for this coming spring, he said. The county project ends near the entrance to Centegra Hospital – McHenry.

The sole no vote on the agreement with HR Green came from Alderman Andy Glab, who said he didn’t understand why the city doesn’t go out for proposals on engineering projects.

The city usually asks HR Green to submit an engineering services proposal for any large projects because the firm also handles the city’s day-to-day engineering needs. The city typically does not ask other firms for proposals.

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