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Quentin Road Construction Hits a Roadblock

Argument over asphalt halts Cook County's construction on Quentin Road in Palatine.

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 While construction was expected to last , 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. 

Vicki Wilson September 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
You have the Village Manager's name misspelled.
Kelly K September 07, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I knew something like this was going to happen. I called it when they first announced this farce of a project! Now those of us residents who live off Quentin are going to be inconvenienced for an even longer period of time, no thanks to the incompetant idiots who are running this show. I've never seen such blatent stupidity and inability to get a simple project done in my entire life. They should all be fired, every one of those lousy people in charge of this.
Palfan September 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Misspelled~ two different ways, no less! One name, three different spellings, in one article!
Brian Slupski (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I have fixed the typos. Thanks Vicki!
J DeCea September 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Totally Kelly! I have to drive through that nonsense everyday, yet never see anyone working. And when they are, it isn't exactly clear where you are supposed to be driving. I witnessed a worker almost hit by a car yesterday morning at 5am because they were in the wrong lane with their work vehicle and the lane was NOT shut down from traffic. Unfortunately I think someone will be injured if this isn't fixed.
James Polous September 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
The contractor should have provided the asphalt mix design prior to the start of construction. And approved by the Cook County Materials Department or it should have been clear in the plans what asphalt mix design was approved. I would not give them any extra's if they are asking for more money.
Wilberth Marin September 07, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I got to say, who whatever is managing this project?!, its doing a really poor job!!! Car are having trouble turning in some streets because the ledge of the road is to high!!!! is just a completely disaster!!!! and very inconvenience for all the business and residents!!!!
Susan Tibbitts September 07, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I turned from eastbound Palatine Rd onto northbound Quention yesterday morning around 5:50 am and didn't see that they had moved the cones to block the far right lane until I was almost on them. Luckily at that hour I could swerve around without danger. However a block further north on Wood two lannes were open northbound, othe far right with fresh oil and there was a truck headed toward me in my lane. I had no idea where I was supposed to go and it's pitch dark. Then I noticed the guy in the truck waving me into his lane! As I move toward him, a car goes around me in the far right lane. no one had a clue. At the RR tracks we were queued in both lanes northbound. All I could do was hope that they straightened out before the REAL traffic started.
james urban September 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
get out and vote the bums that run CROOKED COUNTY out in the next election. This mismanagement has been going on for 30 years but every election the same people get in. The question has to be, where is the $3.8 mil sitting?????
james urban September 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
do you think these people really are that they are inconveniencing the businesses and the residents. The government of cook county and the sate do not care about any of the taxpayers.
C Brew September 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I'm mad that I get stopped at every damn stoplight!! Even when nobody is around the lights change for no reason and it makes me want to run red lights. So, If you see a red Honda running red lights on Quentin, you can blame the dummies who are running this scheme. Beep Beep, Drive Safe!
Jim E September 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I had to spend 2 hours trying to remove "oil" from my vehicle after the people running the project decided to put "oil" and grit down without closing any lanes. It's a 4 lane road, what would be so hard to think of as to work on 2 lanes at a time with traffic on the other 2. They deserve to be sued for the damage they caused to people's vehicles and the costs of cleaning them up (not that all of the "oil" can be found and removed before it causes permanent brown spots in the clearcoat paint) !
Jim E September 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I forgot, that was last Thursday, 6th, then they did it again this morning, 10th, but this time I managed to detour and only suffer a relatively quantity of "oil". By the way, I am putting oil in quotation marks as it s not oil as we know it, it is a tar+oil mix which dries to a hard tar-like substance :(
Norma Holmes September 16, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Doesn't anyone in road construction keep records ! 11 yrs. ago someone used a wonderful asphalt product on NW Hwy and it is still holding up better than anything else I've ever seen around our area ! What idiots !
edmund September 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Oh, you poor poor people! We all feel so sorry for your loss. LOL

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