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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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Canadian National “is continuing to evaluate all options available to us,” said Jonathan Doorley, a spokesman for Canadian National.

Kansas City Southern said on Sunday that it had deemed an offer from Canadian Pacific superior to a bid from Canadian National, in the latest turn in a monthslong battle to become the first railroad to connect North America.

Canadian Pacific first put forward a roughly $29 billion bid for Kansas City Southern in March, before being topped by a $33.7 billion offer from its rival, Canadian National, in April. But the Canadian National deal hit a key regulatory challenge this month, sending Kansas City back to talks with Canadian Pacific. The talks proved fruitful.

The crown jewel in the deal is Mexico, as the railroads look to capitalize on trade flows across North America on the heels of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement signed into law last year.

Closing a deal could take time. It must be approved by shareholders of both companies, as well as approved by Mexican authorities and the Surface Transportation Board, the U.S. regulatory board that oversees rail deals.

Kansas City Southern has notified Canadian National of its intention to terminate that deal, both companies said on Sunday. Canadian National has five days to make a better offer. If Kansas City opts for Canadian Pacific, Canadian National will receive $700 million in breakup fees, according to the terms of their deal.

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Related: “Feds reject initial CN plan for merger with Kansas City railroad that’s drawn ire from some suburbs,” “Suburbs wary of proposed railway merger that could mean more freight trains,” and “Could railroad merger lead to more freight trains in the suburbs?

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Police from Barrington Hills, and firefighters and paramedics from Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District responded about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2021 to a report of a head-on crash with injuries at Algonquin Road and Helm Road in Barrington Hills.

Police, firefighters and paramedics on arrival discovered at least three vehicles involved with two vehicles with severe damage from a head-on collision. Firefighters immediately went to work on extrication and initially reported at least four people were injured. One vehicle left the roadway.

Two additional ambulances were requested by 12:59 a.m. A total of five ambulances were dispatched to the crash scene — two ambulances from Barrington-Countryside FPD, one ambulance from Palatine Fire Department, one ambulance from Barrington Fire Department, and one ambulance from Palatine Rural FPD. Hoffman Estates firefighters were also assigned to the call to work with Barrington-Countryside firefighters on extrication.

Five people were transported to area hospitals and one person refused medical transportation.

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CNIt wasn’t a knockout punch, but federal regulators’ rejection of an important component of the Canadian National Railway’s bid to buy the Kansas City Southern Railway might signal good news for suburbs opposing the merger.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board on Monday nixed CN’s request to create a “voting trust” that would hold KCS’s stock until the merger is decided on by STB members.

“The board finds that the proposed use of a voting trust … would not be consistent with the public interest” and “would give rise to potential public interest harms relating to both competition and divestiture,” members wrote in a ruling announced Tuesday.

A number of municipalities from Bartlett to Barrington urged the STB to deny the plan, fearing a merger would add to freight train traffic and delays that surged when the board in 2008 approved CN’s purchase of the smaller EJ & E Railroad, which runs through multiple north, west, and south suburbs.

Also weighing in was the Canadian Pacific Railway, initially embraced by Kansas City Southern as a merger partner this spring, only to be dumped when CN moved in.

“The STB decision clearly shows that the CN-KCS merger proposal is illusory and not achievable,” Canadian Pacific President Keith Creel said in a statement. To Kansas City Southern’s board, he wrote, “CP has always maintained that the CN-KCS combination and the proposed CN voting trust is not in the public interest,” Creel said. “Hundreds of rail shippers, community leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders have voiced those same concerns and today the STB agreed.”

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Barrington village trustees voted 4-1 on Monday to approve the Motor Werks auto dealership’s plan to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash called “Wash Werks” in a vehicle inventory parking lot off Grove Avenue. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

A proposed car wash on property of the Motor Werks auto dealership in Barrington was approved Monday in a 4-1 vote the village board.

Trustees Jason Lohmeyer, Todd Sholeen, Mike Moran and Village President Karen Darch voted “yes” Monday night. Trustee Emily Young voted “no.”

Trustee Kate Duncan recused herself and Trustee Jennifer Wondrasek was absent.

Patty Dowd Schmitz, director of communications for Barrington, said the village board “was pleased to see that working through the full process of assessing an important development project in our community played out positively and constructively.”

Village officials already had asked the dealership to forego a 90-square-foot LED sign at the northwest corner of Dundee Road and Grove Avenue, and instead install a non-LED sign.

The final plan for the car wash includes a greater vegetation buffer, a 3-foot masonry wall at the entrance, a right-turn only exit, lighting reduction after 9 p.m. and a reduction of operating hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Related: “Plans for car wash near Barrington auto dealership meets opposition from neighbors

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59 Closed Monday

The Union Pacific railroad crossing on Route 59 near Catlow Court in Barrington will be closed to traffic from August 23 to September 1.

A busy section of Route 59 in Barrington will be closed in both directions for over a week starting Monday so crews can repair a railroad crossing.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced the closure will take place on Route 59, also known as Hough Street, north of County Line Road (Main Street).

IDOT said repairs to the Union Pacific Railroad crossing will require a full closure of the southbound and northbound lanes.

Route 59 will be closed from Catlow Court to Franklin Street during the project, which officials said is for “crossing improvements.”

A detour will direct motorists to County Line Road, Hart Road and Northwest Highway (Route 14).

The work is expected to be completed, weather permitting, by 9 a.m. on September 1.

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MW Car Wash

Motor Werks in Barrington, upper left, wants to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash called “Wash Werks” on the west side of the existing Grove Avenue vehicle inventory parking lot, below. Nearby residents are not happy. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

The Motor Werks auto dealership in Barrington wants to build a nearly 19,000-square-foot car wash, a plan that the village asked to be tweaked after negative reaction from nearby residents.

The new “Wash Werks” would be located on the grounds of a vehicle inventory parking lot, east of the dealership at Barrington and Dundee roads. The dealership’s existing car wash would become primarily for internal use.

Residents who live in nearby subdivisions in Barrington and Inverness have expressed several concerns about the proposal, including that it would increase traffic and add excessive noise and lighting.

Motor Werks representatives declined to comment.

The auto dealership commissioned traffic and sound studies that showed levels would be acceptable once the car wash begins operations. The village’s traffic consultant concurred with the assessment regarding traffic, village spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said.

Village staff members, however, didn’t agree with the dealership’s plan for a 90-square-foot LED sign at the northwest corner of Dundee Road and Grove Avenue. Two village commissions recommended the village board approve an alternate non-LED sign.

The village board met July 19 and gave its feedback taking into account comments from staff, commissioners and the public.

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Detour A

The Village of Barrington recently posted the following:

Hough Street (Rt. 59) will CLOSE at the Union Pacific (Metra Tracks) Beginning August 23

The Union Pacific Railroad has informed the Village of Barrington that it has scheduled repairs and maintenance work for the railroad crossing located on Rt 59 just north of Main Street that will require a full closure of the crossing from Monday, August 23 at 9:00 a.m. through Wednesday, September 1 at 9:00 a.m.”

Barrington officials (847.304.3400) have suggested motorist detour utilizing Main Street and Hart Road beginning Monday.

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Route 59 bridge repairs in Wauconda

Repairs to the bridge carrying Route 59 over Route 12, in Wauconda, will begin, weather permitting, Monday, July 12, the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced.

To complete the work, daytime lane closures will take place on Route 59 at the bridge. Drivers should also expect occasional daytime lane closures on Route 12 at Route 59.

Additionally, a full overnight closure on northbound Route 12, between Route 22 and Route 176 will be required to accommodate the installation of steel beams. During that time, a detour will direct northbound drivers to Route 22 to access Route 59, and Barrington Road and Route 176 to rejoin northbound Route 12. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of July.

Drivers can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment

Find traffic and road conditions at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

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President Joe Biden will visit the northwestern suburb of Crystal Lake next week, a White House official told NBC 5.

Seth Schuster, a regional communications director at the White House, confirmed the visit, but didn’t provide details, including a reason for the trip or where exactly the president would stop.

The president has made two other recent visits in the Midwest.

Biden traveled to Traverse City, Michigan Saturday as part of an effort to highlight the nation’s progress against COVID-19 and promote the infrastructure plan he negotiated with a group of senators. Last week, the president toured a La Crosse, Wisconsin transit facility and delivered remarks on the infrastructure deal.


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