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Algonquin Western Bypass opening delayed

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 1:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 12:27 a.m. CDT
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Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com A view of the Algonquin Western Bypass Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
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(Sarah Nader)
Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com A view of the Algonquin Western Bypass Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

ALGONQUIN – The goal of having the Route 31 western bypass open by Labor Day won’t happen, an Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Crews had hoped to open the road this week, but rain in recent days has dampened those plans, said IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell.

Striping work and lattice work are among the items that still need to be completed before motor vehicle traffic may travel on the road, Tridgell said.

He added IDOT is hoping to open the road in early September, but would not give a target date.

The 2.11-mile, four-lane road will take thru traffic around the downtown, alleviating congestion at the current Route 31 and Route 62 intersection. The bypass includes bridges over Algonquin Road and Crystal Creek, as well as an interchange at Route 62.

Money for the $33.3 million construction project is coming from the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program.

When including design of the road, the land acquisition and other prep work, the project cost is $88 million. This isn’t the first time weather has played havoc on the bypass construction.

The harsh winter and the colder than normal spring held back some concrete work, IDOT said.

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