Tuesday, September 18, 2012
31 Bypass Ground Broken As Algonquin Road Closures Set
Taking the microphone from Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo gazed over the construction site and said, "It's like two Moses looking over the promised land." Manzullo, Durbin, Algonquin Mayor John Schmitt, McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and State Sen. Pam Althoff vied at giving each other the most credit for making the project, 20 years in planning, happen. Schmitt was the apparent winner, showing considerable surprise when Althoff announced the main bridge over Algonquin Road would be named after him.
"Getting people home at 5 or 6 o'clock instead of sitting in Barrington looking at the village hall," was what the Bypass was all about, said Schmitt. "It took all of the people here--all of them to get it done," he said.