McHenry County highights major road projects

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced multiple projects in McHenry County which are planned or underway, with a value of more than $19 million.

Five projects are all scheduled to be completed between 2023-2024:

  • Illinois 176 at Nish Road in unincorporated Nunda Township – intersection improvement, additional turn lane and traffic signal installation. Projected started last spring and expected to be completed by the end of this year.
  • Illinois 176 from Dean Street to Deerpass Road in Marengo and townships of Seneca, Marengo and Dorr – widening and resurfacing along with drainage improvements. Construction began in 2022 and anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.
  • U.S. 14 (Division Street) over the ditch, between Crowley and Oak Grove roads in unincorporated Chemung township – culvert replacement project began this spring and anticipated to be completed by late fall.
  • Illinois 173 east of U.S. 14 and Illinois 176 east of Illinois 47 in Crystal Lake and township of Alden – culvert replacement project expected to start to be completed by the end of the year.
  • Illinois 47 at Nippersink Creek in Woodstock bridge deck resurfacing project is expected to begin in spring 2024 and be completed in fall 2024.

“Illinois 176 is one of the busiest roads in McHenry County and will only get busier,” said state Sen. Craig Wilcox. “These improvements represent an investment in the future of our communities and a commitment to safety and economic growth.”

Accomplishments through the fourth year of Rebuild Illinois include more than $12 billion of improvements statewide on 5,339 miles of highway, 533 bridges and 762 additional safety improvements.

“These investments in the McHenry County region will strengthen our system of multimodal transportation across the state,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said in a statement.

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