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Hart Bridge

Construction crews continue working on a new Hart Road bridge over Flint Creek in Barrington. The road remains closed until early November. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Crews are making progress on the Hart Road bridge project in Barrington.

The road was shut down last June between Lake Cook Road and Northwest Highway. The Lake County Division of Transportation $3 million project consists of removing three aging metal culverts and replacing those with a bridge over Flint Creek.

An 8-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path will also be added to the structure.

There is currently no through traffic on Hart Road from Northwest Highway to Lake-Cook Road (Main Street), though local traffic will be allowed on either side of the creek.

The closure impacts nearby Barrington High School. Access to the school and the athletic complex can be made from Lake Cook Road.

According to Lake County’s Sept. 12 update, current work includes pouring concrete on the south approach slab, north side excavating and grading the approach footing and building the road base on the south side of the bridge. Wetland plants were also planted along the creek.

More here.

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school tax levy

“At the Sept. 6 Board meeting, the Board held a public hearing on the proposed FY23 budget. The Board is giving preliminary review to a tentative budget that is balanced for the 26th consecutive year.

Approximately 86% of the district’s revenue comes from local property taxes. The balance comes from state and federal funding, and other local revenues such as registration fees and donations. The final budget is anticipated to be approved on Sept. 20. Click here to view the tentative budget packet.”

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BHS Trafic

“Sounds like a nuisance.” – The Daily Herald’s description of District 220’s traffic plan. Officials are so confused they’ve misspelled traffic signs.

“As you are aware, the Lake County Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge over Flint Creek on Hart Road. The bridge replacement and road closure is scheduled through November. To help mitigate traffic impacts from the road closure, representatives and traffic engineers from the Lake County Department of Transportation, the Village of Barrington, and Barrington 220 have worked in collaboration to improve traffic flow on and around the Barrington High School Campus. Although these efforts will help alleviate congestion at arrival and dismissal time, improved traffic flow can only go so far toward mitigating congestion.

To that end, Barrington 220 and the Village of Barrington have been consulting with Barrington Transportation to help reduce congestion near BHS. We ask that all students and families consider walking, biking, or riding the bus if possible. In fact, students who consistently walk, bike, or ride the bus on and off of campus will be entered into a drawing to win BHS spirit wear, gift cards for Airpods, Apple Watches and more.

Other ways to reduce congestion could be to utilize these remote options:

1) Purchase a parking permit for one of 3 locations at a cost of $100:

  • The Barrington – 540 W Northwest HWY (125 spots available) (MAP)
  • The Barrington Metra Station – 201 South Spring Street (125 spots available) (MAP)
  • St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church – 720 Dundee Ave (100 spots available) (MAP)

2) Sign-up for dropping off students at a remote location (FREE) 

  • The Barrington – 540 W Northwest HWY
  • The Barrington Metra Station – 201 South Spring Street

Both options include a shuttle bus from the location to BHS, leaving remote locations at 8AM and a shuttle bus from BHS to the remote locations at the end of the school day, arriving at the remote locations at approximately 3:50PM. Parking permit and remote drop-off is for August 22 to November 4.

From now until 7AM on Friday, September 6, 2022 you can click here to purchase a parking permit ($100) or sign up for drop off locations.

Please note, the Barrington Police department will be patrolling the additional parking areas, and violators will be ticketed and potentially towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, please be aware that parking in the remote lots is at your own risk. In the case of vandalism or damage occurring to their vehicle, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for remediating through their personal auto insurance, or out of pocket.

Please note that during the school year the main entrance to BHS off of Main Street will only be accessible to staff, buses and Build 220 construction traffic. All students and parents must use the west parking lot (off Hart Road) to access the building. The west parking lot is reserved for senior parking only.”


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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.

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District 220: “Families are highly encouraged to have their students ride the school bus or carpool”

“As many of you are aware, Hart Road is currently closed from US Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Main Street (Lake Cook Road) until November.

In order to ease traffic in the area and make sure students arrive safely to school this fall, the district is working with the Village of Barrington, Barrington Police Department, and Barrington Transportation Company, in order to provide the option of shuttle buses and permitted parking spots for Barrington High School students at various locations throughout the village. BHS will send out more details to families next week.”

Earlier this week, the Daily Herald published:

Gridlock alert

Barrington Hills drivers should expect delays on County Line Road between Haegers Bend Road/Elgin Road and Hart Road as crews resurface pavement and construct new sidewalk ramps. Work wraps up in early December.”

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Aug R&B Meet

The Village Roads & Bridges Committee meets for the first time in four (4) months this afternoon at 4 PM.  The two topics on their agenda are:

  • 2022 Road Program Update, and
  • Detour Traffic

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

Related:Roads & Bridges Committee meeting canceled (again),” “County Line Road work to begin in Barrington Hills Monday,” “Hart Road in Barrington closing for five months beginning June 2

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Clyde Slocum

Clyde Slocum, the former longtime superintendent of Barrington Community Unit School District 220, is being remembered for combining a zest for life with a mastery of school administration.

Slocum, who served as the district’s top administrator from 1979-1992, died from congestive heart failure July 3 in Downers Grove, said his daughter, Carolyn Slocum.

Stevenson Mountsier, former District 220 school board president, called Slocum a “top-drawer administrator” who upgraded the district’s educational standards from a ‘C’ grade level to an ‘A.’

“He had very high standards,” Mountsier said.

Slocum had a great personality and worked well with the teachers, Mountsier added, but also would not back down to the teachers union when he believed it served the district’s best interests. Such was the case when teachers briefly went on strike in the 1980s.

“He would sit down and negotiate and work out the problems,” Mountsier said.

During Slocum’s tenure, school facilities were updated and district voters approved a $10.8 million referendum to build a new middle school, which opened in 1992.

Read more here.

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Hart Road Closure

Limits: Between County Line Rd and US14 (Northwest Hwy) in the village of Barrington

Description: Replace aging triple culverts with a bridge, adding bike path on the east side of the bridge which will be extended by the Village of Barrington. Includes resurfacing of Hart Rd from County Line Rd to south of US14. A 155-day closure and detour will be necessary for bridge construction.

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Hart Road 1

Hart Road will be closing in two weeks.

The Lake County Division of Transportation will be closing Hart Road to through traffic from Route 14 (Northwest Highway) to Main Street/County Line Road (Lake-Cook Road) for approximately five months, beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 2.

The closure is necessary to remove the existing culvert pipes, construct a new bridge over Flint Creek, add a bike path on the east side of the bridge, and resurface Hart Road from south of Route 14 to Main Street/County Line Road, officials said.

A detour will use Route 14 to Route 59 to Main Street. Local traffic will be allowed from Main Street/County Line Road north to Barrington High School and from Route 14 south to local businesses and the sports complex.

The road will be closed to all through traffic at Flint Creek.

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Framework Hex Logo Hor copy

At last night’s Barrington 220 Board of Education meeting, district leaders provided the Board with an update on the district’s strategic planning process “Framework 220”.

Last month a group of 50 stakeholders representing business leaders, university leaders, parents, staff and students came together for Phase 2 of the process “Learner Profile Development”. A Learner Profile articulates the critical skills and competencies the district aspires to develop within its students.

This past weekend a group of about 100 stakeholders came together for a two-day Framework 220 Summit, which focused on the development of Barrington 220’s mission, vision and strategic priorities, as well as the Learner Profile.

Based on the feedback, district leaders presented this draft of a Learner Profile to the Board. The district will be seeking additional feedback from community members over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to learn how you can provide your feedback.

Click here to listen to the full presentation.

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