PASCHEN Officially opens the algonquin bypass
Three years in the making, the Route 31/Algonquin Bypass officially opened to drivers last Thursday! This $88.5 million project allows motorists to bypass downtown Algonquin, making the downtown road more pedestrian friendly.
Main Street, from Huntington Drive north to Greenwood Court, will be turned into a smaller road to offer a pedestrian-friendly and commercial area. The bypass begins at Route 31 and Huntington Drive just south of the downtown, curves west and goes over Route 62 before reconnecting with Route 31 at the north end of town. East-west traffic flow on Route 62 will be sped up while Route 31 north-south traffic will be able to continue uninterrupted. "This is the biggest infrastructure improvement in McHenry County ever," Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said of the bridge that bears his name.
Paschen's $34.5 million portion of the project included over two miles of four lane highway, a diamond interchange, four new bridges, 11 retaining walls, and a noise abatement wall. Green aspects of the project include new or upgraded sidewalks and bike paths; more than 500 trees, 480 bushes and 16,000 plants; and state-of-the-art, low-energy LED traffic signals and ornamental lighting.