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IDOT has posted its September 2023 newsletter.  Topics covered include:

  • PUBLIC COMMENTS (Including Traffic Signal at Bateman Road)

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

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Sylvia M. Anderson

Sylvia Margaret Anderson

The medical examiner has identified a Fox River Grove woman who died after she struck a semi-truck and then crashed head-on into a pickup truck in Barrington Hills Wednesday afternoon.

An autopsy performed on Sylvia M. Anderson, 74, of Fox River Grove, showed she died as a result of multiple injuries from a motor vehicle collision, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Read more here. Learn more about Ms. Anderson here.

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The Barrington Hills Police Department and Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) investigates a fatal crash involving three vehicles at Algonquin Road and Bateman Road in Barrington Hills Wednesday afternoon. | Photo: Nick Rusin

A 74-year-old woman died after she struck a semi-truck and then crashed head-on into a pickup truck, causing a large fuel leak, in Barrington Hills Wednesday afternoon.

The Barrington Hills Police Department and Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection responded around 12:11 p.m. Wednesday to Algonquin Road and Bateman Road in Barrington Hills for a multiple-vehicle crash.

Barrington Hills Police Department Press Information Officer William Walsh said a preliminary investigation shows a 2016 Lexus, driven by a 74-year-old woman, was traveling southbound on Bateman Road.

The Lexus entered the intersection and struck the side of a semi-truck tractor-trailer, which was traveling eastbound on Algonquin Road, Walsh said.

The impact with the semi-truck caused the Lexus to go into the westbound lane of Algonquin Road.

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The Barrington Hills Police Department and Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) investigates a fatal crash involving three vehicles at Algonquin Road and Bateman Road in Barrington Hills Wednesday afternoon. | Photo: Nick Rusin

The Lexus collided head-on with a 2016 Ford F-350 pickup truck, driven by a 49-year-old Crystal Lake man, Walsh said.

The impact with the semi-truck caused the Lexus to go into the westbound lane of Algonquin Road.

The Lexus collided head-on with a 2016 Ford F-350 pickup truck, driven by a 49-year-old Crystal Lake man, Walsh said.

Read more here.

Editorial note: Since IDOT has refused to install a traffic signals at the intersection of Route 62 and Bateman Road, we believe the speed limit in the areas of Bateman and Helm Roads should at least be significantly lowered.

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Illinois officials on Friday announced the state’s largest construction program in state history with an updated multi-year plan, which includes $41 billion for the state’s infrastructure.

The program looks to address railways, bridges, roadways and other means of transportation. Run through the Department of Transportation, the program is part of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s 2019 “Rebuild Illinois” plan that is funded with tax and fee increases.

Included in the $41 billion is $27 billion for roads and bridges. A total of $13.96 billion will go for other means of transportation, including $9.85 billion for transit, $2.67 billion for freight and passenger rail, $1.25 billion for aviation and $190 million for ports and waterways.

Pritzker said this program will continue the efforts the state has already made in transportation improvements.

“Today, I could not be prouder to announce the IDOT’s MYP, multi-year program, our largest construction program in state history,” Pritzker said during a news conference in Springfield Friday. “Over the next six years, we’re investing over $40 billion to improve all modes of transportation across our great state. That means better roads and bridges, modernized transit and aviation, and expanded and faster passenger rail service. Rebuild Illinois has increased safety, efficiency and opportunities for residents all over the state, and over the next few years, we will keep building on that progress with all 102 counties of Illinois included in the multi-year program.”

State Sen. Steve McClure, R-Springfield, said the state’s current infrastructure needs major improvements.

“Because of the poor conditions of our state’s infrastructure, it is going to take a significant amount of time to get where we want to be,” McClure said. “But the last few years have been a great start.”

More here.

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The intersection of Barrington and Palatine Roads is staged for lane closures to begin.

Scope: Resurface Barrington Road between Dundee Road (IL Route 68) and Algonquin Road (IL Route 62).

Status: Work is expected to begin ‘no later than May 15′ and be completed by the end of July. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

For more information on IDOT projects, click here. Find traffic and road conditions at www.gettingaroundillinois.com. You also can follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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LMP To Nowhere

Kane County officials are hoping their counterparts in Cook and McHenry counties will contribute toward the cost of the Longmeadow Parkway project and help avert charging tolls at the bridge over the Fox River. Daily Herald File Photo

Funding issues have dogged the Longmeadow Parkway traffic project in northeast Kane County virtually since its inception with a $4 million federal grant in 2005. As the $135 million roadway lumbers toward a late 2024 completion, one lingering, important question remains — how to pay off $35 million in bonds Kane County used to help with the construction and support ongoing maintenance.

The ultimate fallback has long been assumed to be to make the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge, the final leg of the project, a toll bridge, the only such local toll bridge in the state. Almost no one likes that option, though, and Kane County officials have said it might be averted altogether if McHenry and Cook counties, portions of which are served by the 5.6-mile roadway, will pitch in $1 million each in recognition of the fact that their constituents will benefit substantially from the traffic-relief valve running from Huntley and Boyer roads eastward to Route 62 in Algonquin.

McHenry County Board Chair Mike Buehler acknowledged the benefits in an interview with Shaw Local Media last week. While coming well short of agreeing to Kane County’s request, Buehler did note that some estimates have found motorists from McHenry County would pay $1 million a year if the bridge ends up charging a toll.

“If we’re looking at a scenario where a toll would be eliminated, I think that would be a pretty compelling argument,” Buehler said.

The argument may not be quite as persuasive in Cook County, where just a small sliver near Barrington Hills would be most affected, but then again $1 million out of Cook’s multibillion-dollar budget is substantially less noticeable than it would be compared to the much smaller revenue picture in McHenry.

And, in both counties as well as Kane, the new road is expected to result in hundreds of millions of dollars in new business activity. This, of course, in addition to the parkway’s primary purpose of alleviating long years of bad traffic headaches in the region.

Read more here.

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NASCAR’s Chicago Street race is slated to take over the city for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but the impacts for drivers will be felt long before and after the race is done.

Officials on Monday detailed a traffic plan, featuring more than a month of rolling closures around the city in the lead-up and tear-down for the first-time event.

Closures will include major roadways like DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Columbus Drive, Jackson Drive, Balbo Drive and Michigan Avenue and are expected to kick off on June 2 and continue through July 15, adding to a long list of traffic disruptions for drivers in the city already battling major construction projects on the Kennedy Expressway and elsewhere.

The biggest interruptions are slated to begin on June 25. (Full list of closures below)

On top of the closures, officials said they expect roughly 50,000 people to attend each day of the two-day event.

“The city of Chicago has been working with NASCAR in the planning and execution of the race to minimize disruptions to residents and visitors while making it a safe event for everyone,” Rich Guidice, executive director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority, and we will help monitor all race activity leading up to the event, through the race weekend, and following the event to help coordinate city resources and expectations.”

The deal between NASCAR and the city of Chicago, which was announced last summer, gives NASCAR access to Grant Park from June 22 to July 5.

More here.

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Wait For It

In three weeks, IDOT will start a major rehabilitation of 36 bridges that go over the Kennedy Expressway.

Some of those structures are 50 years old.

“We reached and exceeded what would be the lifespan of this roadway. And, for the motorists, you can see the state of disrepair that the road decks are in, and now is the time to repair that,” said IDOT Bureau Chief of Construction Jonathan Schumacher.

It will be a three-year project between the Edens/Kennedy Junction and Ohio Street. This year, the focus will be on the inbound Kennedy, starting with the left two lanes later next month.

“We are going to tackle some other project that would have impact if we didn’t do them all together, so we are coordinating this work over a three-year period. We’re able to get multiple projects done,” Schumacher said.

The project comes after IDOT just completed the Jane Byrne interchange project that took nine years.

“It’s frustrating, but I guess we’ll have to be patient and be safe,” said motorist Stephon Asbury.

The inconvenience is not lost on IDOT officials.

More here.

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DocumentCONSTRUCTION UPDATE November 17, 2022

The concrete patching taking place at the intersection of Lake Cook Road and Northwest Highway is part of the Main St resurfacing project being completed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The overnight lane closures in place right now are necessary due to the nature of the concrete patching process. IDOT has indicated that the open patches will be poured either tomorrow, Friday 11/18 or Saturday 11/19.

They will continue with removals early next week and aim to reopen the entire intersection on Wednesday 11/23 before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

There will be another round of patching the week after Thanksgiving but this is expected to be completed by the end of the week, Friday 12/2.”

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“This week, the Contractor laid asphalt prime, a liquid coating that is applied before the second (surface) layer of asphalt is placed.

Beginning Monday (October 10), the Contractor will be laying the final layer of asphalt from Northwest Highway to Hart Road and expect to have all paving completed by the end of the week, weather permitting. There will be delays associated with lane closures in this area during this work.

Pavement striping and final restoration work will follow.

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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