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Detour: Western Bypass opening to traffic this week

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 11:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 8:05 a.m. CDT

We start this week’s Detour bulletin with the impending completion of two large-scale road projects:

• ALGONQUIN WESTERN BYPASS: The long-awaited bypass around the infamous bottleneck at the intersection of Routes 31 and 62 is opening to traffic sometime this week. The two-year, $33.3 million construction project added a 2.1-mile, four-lane highway around downtown Algonquin. As of Friday, an opening date has not been set.

• JOHNSBURG ROUNDABOUT: Work on the roundabout at Johnsburg and Chapel Hill roads is approaching completion, and a date is expected to be set this coming week. Until then, the intersection is still closed to traffic, and a posted detour of Routes 31, 120 and Chapel Hill Road is still in effect. The $2.7 million project is the second phase of a project to improve Johnsburg Road. The first phase, which improved Johnsburg Road from Route 31 east to the roundabout, was finished earlier this year.

• MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Rehabilitation of the bridge over the Kishwaukee River between Harmony and Coyne Station roads near Huntley is done, and Main Street is reopened to traffic.

• ROUTES 31 AND 176: With the bypass and the roundabout finishing up, one wonders why the intersection of Routes 31 and 176 isn’t finished yet. We’re working to get that answer.

• ROUTES 31 AND 120: Work is ongoing on a $7.2 million project to widen and resurface Route 120 from Front Street to Green Street and Route 31 from Route 120 north to McCullom Lake Road. It includes improvement of the intersection and replacement of the bridge over the creek that feeds into the Fox River. The new lane configuration remains in effect this weekend, as do the lane closures on Route 120. The project is expected to be finished by November.

• FRANKLINVILLE ROAD: The road between Route 176 and Kunde Road is now closed so workers can replace a 60-year-old bridge. A posted detour will take drivers on a long stretch that includes Route 176, Millstream Road, Garden Valley Road, Vermont Road, Kishwaukee Valley Road and Hobe Road. The $1 million project is expected to be finished by the end of September, weather permitting.

• COUNTRY CLUB ROAD: Expect delays as workers start a $1.4 million project to resurface, patch and stripe the road through Bull Valley. The project is expected to be finished in September.

• ROUTE 31: Work is ongoing to widen Route 31 to four lanes from Rakow Road in Crystal Lake south to Trinity Drive in Lake in the Hills. The $5.2 million project is expected to be finished by next spring.

• INTERSTATE 90: Budget extra time if your commute involves I-90. Work continues this year to improve a 37-mile segment of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway between Elgin and Interstate 39 in Rockford. Eastbound lanes were improved last year, so traffic is being shifted to them so workers can improve the westbound lanes. That work should be finished by the end of the year. But work also has started to improve a 25-mile segment of I-90 from Elgin east to the Tri-State Tollway. That work is expected to be finished by the end of 2015. The total cost of the project, meant to widen and improve I-90 between Rockford and O’Hare International Airport, is $2.5 billion.

• ROUTE 176: Work is continuing for an upgrade to the intersection of Route 176 and Smith Road in unincorporated Nunda Township. The $1.5 million project is expected to be finished by November.

Sources: Illinois Department of Transportation, McHenry County Division of Transportation 

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