Thursday, July 19, 2012
LITH Park And Ride Nearing Construction
The 140-space lot's been in the planning process for five years now as engineers have wrestled to balance the demands of two other projects that also converge around the 31/Virginia Intersection. Just to the south, Algonquin's Route 31 Western Bypass will debouch when it's completed in two years. Meanwhile, IDOT planners have long wanted to add space between Route 31's Klasen Road and Virginia Road intersections for safety reasons.
The Virginia relocation's underway now to move Virginia north so it T's into 31. That will open up enough space for the Park and Ride lot to tuck in between the Meyer gravel pit and the new intersection. The County Board approved the Park and Ride project last month as long as it's paid for with State and federal money.
In the pic: Transportation planners are trying to kill three birds with one stone with current work around the Route 31/Virgnia Road intersection.