McHenry Avenue Road, Bike Path Improvements Planned for 2013

Road and sewer improvements along with construction of new bike path near Crystal Lake South High School are slated to begin in June.


Crystal Lake city leaders recently reviewed road, sewer and bike path improvements planned for McHenry Avenue this year.

The city has received $864,000 in federal Surface Transportation Program funding to pay for the improvements along McHenry Avenue, said Erik Morimoto, director of engineering and building for the city. 

The project will begin at Rakow Road and stretch north to Route 14, Morimoto told city council members at a recent council meeting. Improvements involve resurfacing McHenry Avenue, and adding a right-turn lane at McHenry Avenue for westbound traffic onto Barlina Road.

"That turn lane involves striping only," Morimoto said. "There's no widening of the road needed."

Construction plans also call for upgrades to the storm sewer lines on McHenry Avenue, Nash Road and St. Andrew Lane, near Lundahl Middle School.

A big addition will be a 10-foot-wide bike/ walking path near Crystal Lake South High School. The bike path will start at Dartmoor Drive and continue south to a sidewalk near Windham Cove Drive, just past the District 47-155 bus transportation garage adjacent to South High School.

City council member Ellen Brady Muelller said the path is long over due, adding that students have been trudging through grass and snow in that area for years just to walk to school. 

The McHenry Avenue Improvement Project is anticipated to begin June 5.  During construction, the contractor will maintain two-way traffic along McHenry Avenue with intermittent lane closures, Morimoto said.

Completion of the bike path and storm sewer improvements are targeted for Aug. 23. Finalization of the entire project is slated for Sept. 20.


Other construction projects planned for 2013 in Crystal Lake include:

  • Completion of McHenry County's Walkup Road improvement project.
  • Illinois Department of Transportation Route 31 and 176 intersection improvements.

A Project that could possibly occur in 2013 include:

  • IDOT's widening of Route 14 from Crystal Lake Avenue to Lucas Road.


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