A dispute between the main contractor and the subcontractor has brought construction on Quentin Road to a screeching halt.
The disagreement over what kind of asphalt should be used to resurface Quentin Road caused the Cook County Highway Department to put the brakes on the construction project in Palatine that started this spring.
No progress has been made in months but the orange and white blockades are still up, cutting a 2.1-mile stretch of Quentin Road down to one lane in each direction.
The Cook County Highway Department still has about 11 weeks to complete the $3.8 million project. While construction was expected to last until Thanksgiving, there is currently no work being done which means drivers in and commuting through Palatine are being inconvenienced for no reason.
“The people of Palatine should not be held victim to the county,” said Village Manager Reid Ottesen.
With an increasing number of frustrated drivers and a lot of complaints coming in, Ottesen said he sent a letter to Cook County Commissioner, Gregg Goslin to see what can be done.
“I asked to remove the road blocks,” Ottesen said, “I want to know if we can put in temporary ones to make that area easier and more convenient to navigate.”
Ottesen said he’s waiting to hear back from Goslin and expects a response soon.