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The Village of Barrington issued the following Special Traffic Alert today.

“Beginning June 4, Route 14 will be completely closed at the Canadian National tracks near Lake Zurich Road for up to 10 days.

Canadian National Railway has scheduled its Route 14 crossing for maintenance repairs beginning Monday, June 4 and extending for as long as 10 days, depending on weather conditions that might impact their ability to finish the work, which they hope to have completed in less than a week.

This project will be a complete closure of Route 14 (Northwest Highway) and will necessitate a detour through downtown Barrington, beginning at Lake-Cook Road (Main Street), and turning north on Route 59 (Hough Street) back to Route 14 (see below).

Route 14 will remain open east of IL Route 59 until the rail crossing and North from Main Street to the crossing, but for local traffic only. Similarly, Route 14 will remain open west/north of Lake-Cook Road (Main Street) until the rail crossing but for local traffic only.

The repairs to the CN tracks are designed to carry the crossing from current day until its eventual replacement with a rail bridge as a part of the underpass project.

When approaching IDOT about this repair, CN was asked to expedite this work to the first week of June in order to have it done in advance of IDOT’s U.S. Route 14 scheduled maintenance work, which will occur later this summer. IDOT plans to resurface U.S. Route 14 from Cumnor Avenue on the west to Main Street on the east/south. This project will not require a full closure of Route 14 but will involve temporary lane closures and shifts. This is also temporary measure to keep the road in acceptable condition until a larger reconstruction project can be implemented.

We urge everyone, both local and through traffic, to plan accordingly for these projects and allow extra travel time.”

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IDOT IL 62 Study As state transportation officials brainstorm ways to address a bottleneck along Route 62 in Barrington Hills, they’re inviting area residents to learn more about the issue during an upcoming open house.

The event comes as officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation begin a four-year study examining possible upgrades and widening options to Route 62, between routes 25 and 68 in Barrington Hills.

Currently, the four-mile stretch, also named Algonquin Road, narrows to one-lane in each direction, but the roadway expands to two lanes in both directions before and after routes 25 and 68, said Kimberly Murphy, who heads the consultant studies unit for IDOT.

Traffic along that stretch of Route 62 also is over capacity, she said.

“There’s a lack of continuity between 25 and 68,” Murphy said. “It’s sort of a bottleneck.”

The upcoming open house for residents lasts from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

During the event, IDOT officials said representatives will introduce tentative roadwork plans, listen to public feedback and answer residents’ questions. IDOT also is taking applications for a new community advisory committee on the project that would feature Barrington-area residents, motorists and stakeholders, Murphy said.

To read the full Barrington Courier-Review article, including comments by Barrington Hills Village Administrator Robert Kosin, click here.

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IDOT IL 62 Study“BARRINGTON, IL – A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 to discuss road improvements proposed on Illinois Route 62 in Barrington Hills. The Illinois Department of Transportation will accept public comments at the meeting and written comments that are mailed or submitted online until Dec. 1.

IDOT didn’t specify what improvements are planned on the main Barrington Hills thoroughfare except that they are planned between Illinois 25 and Illinois 68, a stretch that covers most of the village. Preliminary engineering and environmental studies have already begun.

The hearing, planned from 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive in Barrington, will introduce the project, obtain public input and inform those in attendance about additional public involvement opportunities.

Exhibits will be on display and an audio-visual presentation will be shown during the open-house format meeting.

The official public meeting record will include comments heard in person, mailed and ones that will be submitted online here.”

The original press release in the Barrington Patch can be seen here.

In addition, IDOT has set up a website for the project which does not include any further details, but we will continue to monitor it for any updates.  We did note that the logo (above) for the project contains a horse, trees and a bicycle.

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