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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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pavement-markingThe Roads & Bridges Committee meets on Thursday August 24th at 4:00 PM.  The link for the Agenda and Meeting e-Packet can be found here.  The agenda includes an update on Longmeadow Parkway construction, and continued review of engineering firms.

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The following message was sent out this afternoon by the Village’s CTY reverse-911 System:

The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to inform you that Plum Tree Road at the railroad crossing will be intermittently closed for approximately the next two hours while this area is repaved. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Cuba Road rail crossing during this time, as traffic delays can be expected in this area. Your cooperation and patience is appreciated.

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pavement-markingThe Village of Barrington Hills announced that tomorrow, Thursday August 10th, the west end of Merri Oaks Rd about 500 feet east of Ridge Road is expect to be CLOSED from 7 am to 8 pm for paving. Traffic will be rerouted, but please plan your commutes accordingly.

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greg-close-and-becky-andersonThe date to relocate the historic house at 118 Wool St. in Barrington to Barrington Hills has once again been pushed back, and it appears the structure will now have to endure a two-stage move to save it from demolition.

Barrington Hills documentary filmmaker Jeff Baustert plans to move the 1870s house to his family’s property and use as a guesthouse. But he’s had problems securing the correct permits from various entities, said Greg Summers, Barrington’s director of development services.

Those companies include Union Pacific Railroad, Canadian National Railway, Illinois Department of Transportation, ComEd, Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc. and Nicor Gas.

After a June moving date fell through, the hope was to move the home July 9. But ComEd notified Baustert that, due to heat levels in July and August, it cannot temporarily reroute power to remove from service the lines that would get in the home’s way while it is in transit, Summers said.

The next available moving date is Sept. 17.

To read the entire Daily Herald feature, click here.

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The following reverse-911/Blackboard emergency alert was issued by the Village of Barrington Hills Police Department at 2:00 this afternoon in the wake of the storms passing through the area today:

The Barrington Hills Police Department would like to notify you of the following road closures within the Village. Otis Road is closed between Old Sutton Road and Brinker Road due to flooding. Dundee Lane is closed north of Route 68 due to flooding. Oak Knoll Road is closed between Paganica Drive and Buckley Road due to flooding. Buckley Road is closed due to a downed power line. Please use extreme caution while travelling on all roadways. Contact the police department at 847-551-3006 with any questions or concerns.

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