Four new road construction projects are set to begin or have already begun in McHenry County after $21 million was invested in the region from Gov J.B. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois program.
“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’s aging infrastructure,” Pritzker said.
“Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in McHenry County and across the entire state,” he added.
The first project, which began last summer and is expected to be completed this fall, involves culvert replacement, pavement widening and intersection improvements at Coral Road and Union Road south of the town of Union.
A new roundabout will be constructed at Grant Highway and Marengo Road as part of the project, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
One lane in each direction will be maintained on Grant Highway during construction. Beck Road will be closed and traffic will be detoured.
The second project involves a bridge replacement on Route 47 between Hawthorne Way and Foster Road over the Kishwaukee River near Huntley.
One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction, which is expected to begin this spring and be completed next fall.
The third project is a resurfacing project with new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps from Route 47 and Price Road in Hebron to Route 47 and Ware Road in Woodstock.
Daily lane closures will be needed to complete the project, which is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed this fall.
The fourth project involves intersection widening with new traffic signals installed near Route 176 at Nish Road in unincorporated Crystal Lake.
One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction, which is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed this fall.
“These projects represent a significant investment in McHenry County and are a big step forward in our work to improve safety, mobility and create economic opportunity for years to come,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman.
“We’re asking drivers to be patient, slow down and pay extra attention driving in and around any work zone,” Osman said.
Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois, which is the state’s largest capital program, is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s transportation system in an effort to create jobs and grow the economy.