Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Algonquin Bypass Construction Soon, Headaches To Follow
Grading work for the project's been underway all Summer but construction of the Bypass itself hasn't started yet. Mitchard said there's no specific date yet but said planners advised closing the Park soon so workers can start staging equipment. Mitchard said it's expected to remain closed through next year.
He said Bypass planners had no specific date yet to begin work to relocate part of Algonquin Road from about the west end of the "S-curve" retaining wall to Meyer Drive, however, they warned it would be coming. "That's not going to be good news for the commuters, the residents or the Village," observed Village President John Schmitt.
Schmitt and the Board had just had another dose of construction complaints about the Village's Edgewood Road. Two weeks ago a few Harper Drive residents asked if there wasn't a way to skip the construction detour, especially at night when there wasn't any work going on. They others were back again Tuesday asking the same question. The answer was still that, as a matter of both safety and legal liability, the detour had to remain. "The reason they wear hardhats there is that it's a construction zone," said Schmitt. "We can't do that."
Some still weren't happy with the answer. "This Village is out of control," shouted resident Tom Gummow stamping out of the meeting.
Later Mitchard said only that afternoon he'd managed to nag an AT&T bigwig into promising Edgwood utility relocations so sewer installation can resume in about two weeks. Mitchard said if utility companies do what they've said they'd will and nothing else goes wrong, the road should be finished "by Thanksgiving".
In the pic: Earthmoving to contour the Route 31 Bypass site began in June but the contract for the roadway and overpass wasn't awarded until about two weeks ago.