Summer over, Road Work Not Construction Just Beginning on Algonquin S-Curve
McClelland, Stephanie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Stephanie McClelland Daily Herald Staff Writer
Backhoes and bulldozers once again will become as common as family vans near the routes 62 and 31 intersection in Algonquin.
But instead of working on the intersection, construction crews will be working to widen the S-curve, west of Route 31.
The McHenry County Highway Department is using the heavy equipment to cut into the wooded hill north of Route 62, where cars and trucks snake to downtown Algonquin.
Once the hill is gone, construction crews and the village of Algonquin will pay to widen the congested curve and build additional traffic lanes.
Included in the $2.5 million project is the winding of the two-lane road to four lanes. The curve will be straightened, and a turn lane will be added.
On Friday, crews drilled support poles into the ground and began building the concrete retaining wall for the project. The wall will reach heights of nearly 30 feet in some areas.
"It's going well so far," construction manager Mark Dammyer said as 10 construction workers laid the mess for the wall.
Crews are putting up the wall in 4-foot sections. When finished, they will pour concrete.
This first phase will take about six to eight weeks to complete, Dammyer said. …