Algonquin Moves Forward With Randall Road Pedestrian Bridge

The village of Algonquin's committee of a whole heard from the engineering firm Tuesday who is working on the design for the bridge.

The village of Algonquin is one step closer to building a pedestrian bridge over Randall Road. 

The Algonquin Committee of a Whole met Tuesday night and heard from Michael E. Kerr, of Christopher B. Burke Engineering out of Rosemont, who presented various design options for the bridge. The bridge will cross Randall near Huntington Drive/Bunker Hill Drive. 

The majority of COW members agreed on a design with brick pillars that has a village of Algonquin emblem on it. Trustee Jim Siegert was the only trustee not to select the brick-pillar design, requesting the village move forward with two of the more artistic and less-traditional designs presented by Kerr. 

COW members requested Kerr look at different color schemes for the design. In particular, they asked Kerr to change the color of a white arch that spans across the bridge. 

The $4 million pedestrian bridge will be funded mostly by federal dollars with the remainder of the cost covered by county and village of Algonquin funds. Federal funds will pay for $3.16 million while the county and village of Algonquin will each fund $400,000 of the project. 

The purpose of the pedestrian bridge is to improve safety for those crossing Randall Road, provide a link between the Woods Creek Bikeway and the Stonegate Bikeway and encourage non-motorized transportation to access Jacobs High School, Sherman Hospital and other commercial areas along Randall Road, Kerr said. 

"There is really no safe place to cross Randall Road on your bike," Kerr said. "This design also accommodates the future widening of Randall Road." 

Construction on the project is slated to start in 2014. 

R.S. December 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Hey Warren, how much would it cost to tear your house down and get you out of Algonquin? Maybe all you people complaining about this building should complain about the Shell Station, old car lot and dry cleaners. That building has a better look then most of the buildings down-town. I feel sorry for anyone moving in that building having to look at the disgusting shell station and Port Edwards and old dry cleaners. The traffic will be the best site they have.
P.J. December 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
P.J. December 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
The New bypass is a joke. East and West is the REAL issue. Speed in this town is out or control. When is the last.time you.seen our.finest pull.someone over for.speeding? This town has become a joke. The village only cares about one thing...getting people through our town as fast as possible.
P.J. December 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Sorry to have gotten off the main topic. Regarding the walk way bridge, I guess,, but never really seen anyone stand on that corner. I'm down for safety, but how many will really use it? Who walks around that area with those driver speeds?. Forget it. Here's a town that puts a hotel next to a high school. I find that very weird. I've traveled the country and I have never seen a hotel that close to a High School.
David December 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
That eyesore needs to go. It's nothing but a blight in downtown Algonquin. Sad.


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