Increased accessibility and mobility are key aspects to economic growth. Continued investment in our transportation network will create critical links to both new and existing central business districts, public services, employment, and commercial centers in our region. Through our strategic long-term land use planning, the Village has set aside areas for new business parks and commercial centers. These areas are designed to provide quality jobs and keep people working locally.
Randall Road, known as one of the transportation arteries in the Northwest Suburbs, gains its prominence as a retail hub thanks to its stretch in the Algonquin Corridor. Over 31 miles long, with daily traffic counts of almost 50,000 and intersections with some of the major interstates and highways within Illinois, Randall Road serves as an economic development catalyst for the Algonquin area.
The Village continues to work with its neighbors and McHenry County on the 3.5 mile Randall Road Corridor project. The two-year construction project will widen Randall Road to six lanes from Harnish Drive in Algonquin north to Polaris Drive in Lake in the Hills. It also includes additional turn lanes at the intersection of Randall and Algonquin roads. Construction crews started in the summer of 2018.
The Village continues to work with its neighbors and Kane County on the 5.6 mile Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor project. The project consists of a tree-lined parkway and new Fox River bridge crossing with a landscaped median running from Huntley Road to IL Route 62.
The project passes through portions of the villages of Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, as well as unincorporated areas of Kane County. Construction of the section from Karen Drive to east of Route 31 began in the Spring of 2018. The construction of the Fox River Bridge, east of Route 31 to Route 25 is on track to begin in the Spring of 2019, and will take two to three years to complete.
Old Town Streetscapes Project
In February of 2018, construction began transforming Main Street into a beautiful, pedestrian friendly environment while helping to preserve the character and history of the area. This phase of construction will last through the year and include updated utilities, street improvements and enhanced pedestrian amenities.