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Nightmare

According to the Village of Barrington:

“Monday (9/26) the Contractor will complete milling work on Main Street adjacent to the CN railroad tracks under the supervision of CN railroad flaggers and will begin paving operations at one or both of these railroad crossings, which will continue on Tuesday (9/27).

There will be delays associated with lane closures in this area during this work. The Contractor’s flaggers will maintain two-way traffic. Manhole grade adjustments will also be underway on Main Street throughout the Village during the rest of the week and into the beginning of next week.

Be alert when driving or walking in the construction zone, as this work will raise the structures approximately 2″ above the pavement so they are at the final roadway surface elevation. The placement of the final asphalt surface is anticipated to begin at Ela Road and move westbound beginning early next week.”

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Barrington

“Construction Update September 19, 2022

Tuesday morning (9/20) at 7:00 AM, IDOT’s Contractor will begin paving work on Main Street just east of Route 59 (Hough Street) and will move westbound toward Hart Road. The contractor anticipates remaining east of the CN tracks through the end of the morning school drop-off and then will complete asphalt work at the Hart and Main intersection ahead of school letting out in the afternoon.

While this moving operation will still impact traffic, the Village appreciates the Contractor’s assistance in mitigating impacts directly at the Hart Road and Main Street intersection during heavy traffic times. There will continue to be delays associated with lane closures during paving operations. Should weather continue to cooperate, the placement of a second layer of asphalt throughout the Village will begin this week and could be completed as early as the end of this month, leaving only roadway striping work remaining.

We understand the frustration with this construction and the associated traffic delays and congestion. While this is not a Village project, we will continue to share updates from IDOT and are looking forward to the completion of this significant improvement in our community!”

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Ipass

Illinois drivers whose I-PASS transponders have expired have been given a reprieve by state officials, with Tollway authorities extending the expiration date by two years.

According to a spokesperson for the Tollway, expiration dates that occur between 2020 and 2026 will be extended by two years, with those individuals receiving detailed instructions via mail on the procedure for replacing their devices.

Officials say that the move not only gives drivers an additional grace period, but also fits more in line with the life expectancy of the devices, which are expected to function properly for 10 or more years.

Tolls are now exclusively paid digitally in Illinois, and as a result officials are encouraging residents to switch to I-PASS accounts. Those drivers who sign up for the program will save 50% on all tolls within the Illinois Tollway system, and accounts automatically replenish when they get below a preset level.

Drivers who want to sign up for the program can order transponders online via the Tollway’s website, or they can visit I-PASS customer service centers, located in oases within the system. Jewel-Osco grocery stores also sell the devices, which can then be activated online.

Drivers can also sign up for E-ZPass, which is a program accepted in 19 different states.

Finally, drivers who don’t frequently use the Tollway can participate in the “Pay-by-Plate” program, which allows a grace period of 14 days to pay for missed tolls.

Source

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BHS Trafic

Alternate locations for parking and drop off/pick up will be available for Barrington High School students when school resumes next week, as a result of the closure of Hart Road. The closure, necessary while workers build a new bridge over Flint Creek, is expected to continue through Nov. 4.

As Barrington High School students and parents prepare for the upcoming academic year, school and village officials are setting up alternate parking and drop off/pick up locations needed because of the closure of Hart Road.

A main access point to the school, the road is expected to be closed until Nov. 4 while workers construct a new bridge over Flint Creek.

Alternate locations, where students can park or be dropped off and then get a shuttle bus to school, include the downtown Metra lot; St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Ave and the parking lot at The Barrington office complex, 540 W. Northwest Highway.

The Barrington village board Monday approved a licensing agreement with Bourns Inc., the owner of the office center. Bourns is allowing use of up to 125 parking spaces and a spot for shuttles to pick up students beginning on the first day of school, Aug. 22.

The agreement runs through Nov. 30, although it will continue on a month-to-month basis for up to six months, if necessary. The village will pay a fee of $7,500 and be reimbursed by Barrington Community Unit 220 School District. The school district also will indemnify the village on the property.

Marie Hansen, Barrington’s director of development services, told the village board Monday that parking permit sales are underway. Thus far, she said, 31 students have signed up for the Metra parking lot, 29 for the Bourns location, and 20 have requested space at St. Matthew.

Parking permits are $100 each. Applications have been sent directly to the students’ families by the school district.

The village also is encouraging students to take regularly scheduled school buses.

Read more here.

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County Line Rd

County Line and Hart Roads

Work to resurface a nearly 4½-mile section of County Line Road stretching from Haegers Bend Road in Barrington Hills to Hart Road near Barrington High School is set to begin Monday, Aug. 1, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The project, which is expected to be completed in early December, will require lane closures along County Line Road. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to work crews and obey the posted construction zone limits. The $2.6 million state project will also include constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps along County Line Road.

The project is part of the $33.2 billion Rebuild Illinois capital program, during which IDOT plans to improve more than 3,535 miles of highway and nine million square feet of bridge deck.

Note: School starts in District 220 August 22nd. .

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Hart

A sign on Hart Road warns of headaches ahead.

Patching and resurfacing will require intermittent daytime lane closures in the Barrington, Lake Zurich and Deer Park areas beginning Monday, May 9th, weather permitting.

Work is scheduled for Lake-Cook Road/County Line Road/Main Street from Hart Road in Barrington to Rue Touraine in Lake Zurich, passing through Deer Park.

The $4.2 million improvements consist of resurfacing the 4.6-mile stretch of Lake-Cook Road/County Line Road/Main Street and constructing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. Work is expected to be completed in October. Access to residences and businesses within the work zone will be maintained throughout construction.

Visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com for traffic and road conditions.

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Gov.-Pritzker-signing

Two bills on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would spend $20 million to add license plate monitoring cameras to 6,600 miles of highways in 22 counties. Civil rights groups fret about abuse. Illinois State Police can’t say they increase safety.

Two bills on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk could expand Illinois highway camera monitoring program to cover 6,600 more miles of road across 22 counties as the General Assembly looks to crack down on expressway crime before November elections.

House Bill 260 and House Bill 448 – passed alongside 80 other proposals in the final day of the legislative session – would see the governor expand a license plate monitoring pilot program from Cook County to the rest of Illinois with $20 million in new funding.

The measure would add hundreds of new cameras while increasing the number of crimes the cameras can be used to investigate and number of parties who can prosecute them.

While lawmakers argue the bills could assist in the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed on state expressways, the Illinois State Police note they have been unable to quantify the number of crimes solved by the cameras during the Cook County pilot program.

Civil liberty groups opposed to the devices said there is a lack of transparency that leaves the program ripe for abuse. There is no information on how cameras are placed, there is a ban on drivers reviewing footage when charged with violations and there are requirements for law enforcement to delete video 120 days after recording – essentially destroying the evidence.

ISP spokesman Melaney Arnold said the agency would finalize and share camera locations only after the bill was signed into law. The new legislation notably excludes explicit guidance on which roadways would receive the additional monitoring.

More here.

Related:Highway camera expansion covering 6,600 miles of road in 22 counties awaits Pritzker’s signature

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59

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in conjunction with the Canadian National Railway (CN), is reconstructing the badly deteriorated at-grade railroad crossing on IL 59 (Hough Street), north of James Street following their intermediate maintenance work last fall. IL 59 will be fully closed to through traffic at the CN Railroad tracks.

The closure will begin tomorrow, April 23rd, 2022 at 9:00 AM, and conclude on or before Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 6:00 PM (Weather Permitting).

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“WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?

In our last newsletter (December 2020), we described the additional analysis and evaluation required to select the preferred alternative due to the presence of federally listed threatened and endangered species: Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and Rusty Patched Bumblebee. Over the last year, the project team has continued coordinating with agencies such as the

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPDCC), the US Geological Survey (USGS), and the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) to conduct the Biological Assessment (BA). The BA analyzes and determines the project’s effect on these species and/or their critical habitat, and documents the measures taken to avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate the impacts.

Two critical elements of the BA are the groundwater monitoring and analysis, which will be completed in early 2022, and the prescribed burn of the Spring Creek Forest Preserve, which was completed in 2021. You may have also noticed crews trudging through the marshy areas along IL 62 in the late fall as shown in Figure 2 (below). These crews are delineating wetlands within the Spring Creek Forest Preserve to help better identify potential habitat for the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly within the study area. We anticipate the wetland delineation to be completed in the spring of 2022.

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WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

Once the BA is complete, the project team can continue analyzing the impacts of the two remaining alternatives and select a preferred alternative. While the two remaining alternatives are both 4-lanes, one has shoulders, and one has curb and gutter. After the preferred alternative is selected, geometric and drainage improvements, and non-motorized accommodations will be refined and presented to stakeholders.”

A copy of the update can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Charging Stations

Is an electric vehicle on your wishlist for Santa? It’s a fabulous gift. But unlike other battery-operated toys under the tree, recharging is more complex than just grabbing a new AA.

Fortunately, the stars are in alignment for rookie EV owners in 2022 with the federal and state government investing heavily in expanding what now is a limited number of charging stations.

“Everybody’s going to see more stations,” explained John Walton, Chicago Area Clean Cities chairman. However, “there’s more than what most people realize.”

The U.S. Department of Energy’s charger locator listed 46,088 public charging stations nationwide as of Friday. Of those, nearly 90% are standard Level 2 units, which deliver a full charge in six to eight hours. The remainder are DC Fast chargers that can provide up to 80% power in about 30 minutes, Walton said.

Close to home, a quick check on Clean Cities’ station locator shows chargers at diverse spots such as the Rolling Meadows courthouse, a Lisle Mobil station, College of Lake County, Delnor Hospital in Geneva, the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin and the AMC Lake in the Hills 12 cinemas.

It’s a little random. And it’s definitely not enough, Walton noted. “Sometimes it seems like there’s no rhyme nor reason,” he said.

Read more here.

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