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A three-vehicle crash along Algonquin Road near Longmeadow Parkway reduced traffic flow to one lane Monday morning, but caused no injuries, officials said.

The crash took place sometime before 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Kane County portion of Barrington Hills, with one vehicle in the road of the northwest-bound lane. Officials with the Barrington Hills Police Department were directing traffic, allowing one lane of vehicles to pass at a time.

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The Advisory Committee to the Barrington Hills Park District Board meets this evening at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • New At Large Alternate/Representatives/Election of new AC Chair
  • Open Meetings Act Training
  • Installation of fencing and gates between Riding Center and Bateman Road

A copy on the agenda can be viewed here.  Residents are invited to participate via Zoom, and the instructions can be found here.

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Construction resumes this coming week on the Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge over the Fox River.

A building needed to collect tolls is scheduled to be delivered Thursday, April 28, which will be followed by the installation of toll equipment, gantry and signs on April 29 and 30, according to Mike Zakosek, Kane County Division of Transportation chief of design.

“What remains (to be done after that) is the mitigation of soil and completion of the final section of roadway,” Zakosek told the Kane County Board’s Transportation Committee meeting this week.

The final portion of the road runs from Sandbloom/William Road east to Route 25. Other than that section and the bridge, about three-fourths of the 5.6-mile Longmeadow Parkway, which starts at Huntley Road in Dundee Township, west of Randall Road, crosses through Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills and ends at Route 62, is complete.

Local legislators have been trying to secure money from the state to pay for the bridge, and were able to earmark $17.5 million in the 2022-23 Illinois budget. The county will need to obtain another $17.5 million to repay the total debt and eliminate the need for a toll.

“There will be some time to really understand how to facilitate these funds,” county Deputy Director of Transportation Tom Rickert told the committee this week. “We’re working toward that $35 million so that we can fully get rid of the toll.”

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State lawmakers are giving Kane County $17.5 million to help fund the ongoing construction of the Longmeadow Parkway, but that’s not enough to eliminate planned tolls. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Long-sought state funding for Kane County’s Longmeadow Parkway will help push the 5.6-mile corridor to completion. But it won’t eliminate the toll — yet.

State lawmakers included $17.5 million for the project in a marathon state budget session last weekend. After the bipartisan Longmeadow funding passed, some state lawmakers, such as state Rep. Suzanne Ness, issued statements saying the money “eliminated” the need for a toll on the parkway.

But the money in the state’s 2023 budget is only about half of what county officials sought to eliminate the toll.

The toll became a necessary to help fund the Longmeadow Parkway bridge over the Fox River when, unlike the Stearns Road bridge, not enough federal and state money came through to pay for the project at the northern border of Kane County. County officials sold bonds to pay for the construction and ongoing maintenance.

County board members decided a toll would be the best way to repay the money borrowed through the bonds because, they argued, non-county residents in McHenry and Cook counties using the parkway would pay a fair amount of those tolls. That, and discounted toll rates for Kane County residents, would relieve some of the financial burdens of the toll and repaying the bonds.

But the toll is also the least popular portion of the plan. County board members on the northern end of the county, in particular Chris Kious, have lamented the need to pay a toll to travel from one side of the Fox River to the other — unlike other bridge projects in the area like Stearns Road or the Red Gate in St. Charles.

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Due to a bipartisan push by legislators in Kane County, money has been included in the Illinois Fiscal Year 2023 budget that takes a step closer to ensuring the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge will be toll-free.

According to a news release from state Sen. Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles), Kane County’s Department of Transportation expects the project to be completed in 2023.

According to an April 1 news release from the Office of Kane County Board Chairwoman Corinne Pierog, legislators from both sides of the aisle were responsible for the push that allowed the funding package to be put into the state’s FY23 budge.

The bridge is a part of a 5.6-mile-long corridor at the north end of Kane County and is projected to be open to traffic in 2023. It is expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs and improve traffic safety and efficiency.

In response to the inclusion of funds in the FY23 budget, DeWitte issued a statement saying the multimillion-dollar financial commitment from the state “should alleviate any future delays with the completion of this project.”

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Kane County Board Chairwoman Corinne Pierog issued a statement Friday (April 1, 2022) praising a bipartisan effort to help Kane County taxpayers with the future financial responsibility of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor.

Pierog issued the statement during a visit to the State Capitol in Springfield.

The 5.6-mile-long corridor at the north end of Kane County is projected to be completed and opened in 2024 and is expected to create tens of thousands of new jobs and to improve traffic safety. In order to finance the bonds to pay for the new corridor, the Kane County Boards had approved the use of a toll.

“Our legislative leaders and local lawmakers are eagerly working to find innovative solutions in the state budget that will ease the impact of a scheduled toll motorists using the bridge will have to pay starting in 2024,” Pierog said.

In her statement, Pierog thanked Illinois House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch, state Senate President Don Harmon, state Reps. Anna Moeller and Suzanne Ness; and state Sens. Cristina Castro and Linda Holmes for trying to find a funding solution before the end of the Spring Session on April 8.

“Since the current County Board inherited the significant debt of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor, our representatives in Springfield have unified behind an effort to find financial help that will protect Kane County taxpayers,” Pierog said.

With the support of local legislators, Pierog said funding will be made available in the state capital bill for fiscal year 2023 that will “help Kane County retire the bonds and reduce or eliminate the planned toll.”

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Click here for a 2021 update of the Longmeadow Parkway financial plan posted by the Kane County Division of Transportation.

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Cars travel east on Bolz Road near the Longmeadow Parkway’s new bridge that’s not done yet east of the Fox River. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Standing at the dead end of a private road just west of the new Longmeadow Parkway bridge over Route 31 is the convergence of all the love and hate for the decadeslong effort to create a new Fox River crossing in northern Kane County.

The private road ends with a panoramic view of some of the key improvements the 5.6-mile Longmeadow project brings. There will be less rush-hour traffic congestion, new business development, and access to the Cook, Kane and McHenry counties’ borders, all within minutes once construction ends.

But while overlooking that progress from the private road with a group of people wearing neon green Kane County Division of Transportation construction vests, there is the distinct feeling of being watched by some of the neighbors who long opposed the project.

“You have to kind of keep an eye out,” said county board member Drew Frasz. “Some of these people are not our biggest fans.”

That’s nothing new for Frasz. As chairman of the county board’s transportation committee, he’s spent the entire construction process defending the project and answering criticism, including from some of his fellow board members. To him, when the project is finished, it will be the culmination of the plans and desires of all the communities affected by it.

Driving the parkway, Frasz points to land set aside by community leaders in Algonquin and Carpentersville who envisioned a Longmeadow that fuels a new heyday for their communities.

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Longmeadow Signs

New traffic signals at the intersections of Longmeadow Parkway and Route 25 and Longmeadow Parkway and Bolz Road have been activated by the Kane County Division of Transportation.

Both sets of lights are part of the 5.6-mile Longmeadow Parkway, which begins at Huntley Road in Huntley, crosses through Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, and ends at Route 62.

Some of the parkway is now open to traffic, but the toll bridge over the Fox River to Route 31 and the section of road from Route 31 east over the river to Route 25 remain under construction.

In October, Division of Transportation officials said delays have occurrec because of steel and semiconductor shortages, price increases for materials, and the removal of lead-contaminated soil found east of the bridge site, where an outdoor shooting range once was located.

Construction on the $115 million project began in early 2016 and the entire corridor is now planned to be open sometime in early 2022, according to the county transportation division website, kdot.countyofkane.org.

Read more from the Elgin Courier-News here.

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The Longmeadow Parkway Bridge over the Fox River is built and being partially used but completion has been delayed by the pandemic and soil issues found at the site, officials said. The parkway starts in Huntley, crosses through Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, and ends at Route 62. (Gloria Casas / The Courier-News)

Longmeadow Parkway Bridge over the Fox River is partially open to motorists but its completion has been delayed by steel shortages and the removal of lead-contaminated soil found at the site, Kane County officials said.

The $115 million, four-lane toll bridge links the two sides of a four-lane roadway corridor built to alleviate traffic congestion in northern Kane County. It begins at Huntley Road in Huntley, crosses through Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, and ends at Route 62.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a steel shortage, which delayed some signal improvements needed at Route 25, said Tom Rickert, deputy director of transportation for the Kane County Division of Transportation.

Shortages of other items, including semiconductor chips, and increased prices in materials have also played a role in the project not being completed earlier this year, Rickert said.

It’s projected the traffic signal improvements at Route 25 should be finished in late November, he said.

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The Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their monthly meeting this evening at 6:30 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • [Vote] An Ordinance Providing for Regulations Against the Disturbance of Public Meetings Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting an Amendment to an Existing Special Use Permit for the Expansion of the Parking Lot at 160 Hawthorn Road Ordinance21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Granting a Special Use to Dundee Township Park District for a Recreational Facility along Longmeadow Parkway near Algonquin Road Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Code list of uses permitted in theB3 Business District a Canine Day Care Ordinance 21 –
  • [Vote] An Ordinance Amending Section 4-2-2(D) Temporary Swimming Pools Ordinance 21 – (?)
  • [Vote] Appointments: Equestrian Commission

A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded hereThe meeting is open to those wishing to attend or readers can listen in by calling 508-924-1464.

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