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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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family-biking-at-millbrook Jane Healy, a high school science teacher, said motorists sometimes shout insults or give her the “hairy eyeball” when she bikes in the southern suburbs.

“People shout nasty things and I just smile and wave, ” said Healy, 53, a Blue Island resident who bike-commutes to her job at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in the same town. She said the suburbs need better infrastructure to encourage both cycling and walking as well as more education for drivers to encourage them to share the road.

While Bicycling magazine in 2016 named Chicago the most bike-friendly U.S. city, the car-centric Chicago suburbs still have a ways to go to encourage both cycling and walking, according to advocates.

Though there are signs of progress, from the growth of a trail network to the arrival of protected bike lanes in some communities, it is still hard for many in the suburbs to bicycle comfortably, according to a new report from the Active Transportation Alliance, which promotes biking, walking and transit.

..Some areas have seen conflicts between bicyclists and motorists — Barrington Hills, for example, popular with cyclists and horseback riders for its scenery, was the site of a feud three years ago between residents who complained of unsafe riders, and cyclists who say residents had driven them off the road and even threw things at them.

Village President Martin McLaughlin said the village has a “small minority” of people who oppose biking of any kind. A couple of years ago, the village passed a resolution demanding that biking on village-owned, narrow, two-lane rural roads be single-file rather than in groups four or five bikes wide, McLaughlin said. The village also decided not to ask for road-widening funds to accommodate bicyclists, because of the effect on private property.

“We’d have to tear out a ton of heritage trees,” McLaughlin said. He said the village is not opposed to biking, and that non-village-owned roads like routes 62 and 68 may be better choices for widening.

To read the entire story in the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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The Village of Barrington issued the following press release yesterday:

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ALERT: Main Street in Barrington will be CLOSED at North Avenue for up to four weeks beginning MONDAY, JULY 10.

This closure has been previously communicated and is due to the ongoing Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project, which will be moving across Main Street during this time.

Main Street (Lake-Cook Road) will be FULLY CLOSED to all traffic between Spring Street and Wool Street. A detour will route traffic around this closure utilizing Route 14 (Northwest Highway) and Route 59 (Hough Street).

Additionally, a portion of the NORTH COMMUTER LOT will be closed starting TUESDAY, JULY 11 11th at 1 a.m. (after the removal of the brat tent) and will be fenced and utilized for construction staging for at least the next few months. Please see the attached closure map for more information. Flyers with this information will be placed on the windshields of cars parked in the North Commuter Lot this Friday (7/7) and Monday (7/10).

The Village has worked in partnership with AT&T to offer additional public parking spaces in the AT&T lot at 430 E. Main Street during this construction. The two rows located on the west side of the AT&T lot will be signed as 3-hour shopper parking until 5:00pm. After 5:00 pm, there is no three-hour limit, however no parking will be allowed overnight (2am-5am). Please note that the east side of this lot remains AT&T employee parking only.

We understand that any road and parking lot closures in Barrington causes inconvenience to our residents. We appreciate your patience while we complete this important Village infrastructure project.

Questions? Please call 847-304-3400.

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A Barrington house dating to the late 1800s is getting ready to take a ride.

Restaurateur Mark Hoffmann closed a deal last month for the former Wool Street Grill and Sports Bar, which will be converted into Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, and for the historic house and land next door. Moretti’s is expected to open this year.

Instead of razing the 118 Wool St. home for Moretti’s parking, Hoffmann said he has donated it to Barrington Hills documentary filmmaker Jeff Baustert, who plans to move it to his family’s property for use as a guesthouse. Workers preparing for the move were on the home’s property Thursday.

Under a tentative plan, the house was to take off from Wool and Station streets at 5:15 a.m. Sunday for an estimated 7½-hour, 3-mile trip west to Barrington Hills. But village officials said Thursday the house, dating to sometime in the 1870s, now is expected to be transported in July.

To read the full Daily Herald story, click  here.

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