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Rakow Construction Completed; County Monitoring Traffic Flow, New Traffic Lights

Found yourself stuck at a traffic light signal trying to cross the newly improved Rakow Road? The county transportation department is studying the traffic flow and timing of the new traffic lights.

 

While construction on Rakow Road is finally completed, the McHenry County Division of Transportation is monitoring the traffic flow and timing of the newly installed traffic lights on the Rakow corridor to make travel more efficient.

The MCDT continues to study the traffic light installations, timings and "no turn on red" restrictions, according to the Rakow Road construction website.

"Once the roadways are operational for a time allowing 'normal' traffic patterns to resume, traffic counts will be analyzed to see if adjustments are required," MCDT states on the update page. "This will be a continual process."

All signals along Rakow are interconnected in an attempt to make travel along Rakow more efficient, although that comes with some disadvantages for cross road traffic, the update stated.

Motorists should continue to watch for crews as minor clean-up tasks are taken care of before the winter weather really starts. Drivers should expect to see work at the intersections for the signals and at McHenry Avenue for the street lighting system. 

 

Denise Majko January 06, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Has anyone else noticed the large number of drivers that think Rakow Road is a new speedway?! Every stinking time I am driving on it, at the posted 45 mph speed limit, vehicles fly up behind me, recklessly change lanes cutting off the driver in that lane, then switch back to the previous lane with narrow misses between those lane changes!!! That's totally ridiculous!! 45 is plenty fast enough!! SLOW DOWN!!
Stephanie Price (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Yea, I've had people going at least 60 past me....especially when construction was first finished and there weren't as many cars on the road.
Denise Majko January 06, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Same here! It's almost frightening how many people are doing it! I don't understand the mind-set with this behavior at all!! Yes it's bigger and better but...!
Joe Renzy January 06, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Raise the speed limit to 55. Parts of Rt 31 are at 55 and it's only a 2 lane road.
frank frantz January 07, 2013 at 01:35 AM
darwinism at its best!
Anthony P. January 07, 2013 at 06:08 PM
The left lane is the passing lane. If someone comes up behind you and you are in the left lane, you are required by law to move over to the right to allow them to pass.
Denise Majko January 08, 2013 at 03:42 AM
To Anthony P. : Nowhere in my post do I state I was in the left lane. It doesn't seem to matter which lane a person drives in, there are those who just flat out speed and feel the rules of the road and speed limits do not apply to them. I wonder where in the posts that are here you felt it was necessary to give a lesson on the rules of the road. Do I hazard a guess you are one of those flying down Rakow Road?
LLOMIS January 08, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Is anyone else frustrated by the no right turn on Red at McHenry and Rakow?...I mean you can see a quarter of a mile down the road whether traffic is coming! I really hope the city isn't going to turn this into camera monitored stop some day as a cash cow. How does everyone else feel? Am I the only one that thinks it's odd?

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