Frequently Asked Questions

What is a stakeholder?
What other ways can I keep informed on the study’s progress?
What alternatives were considered?
What are the proposed improvements?
How much will the improvements cost?
What impacts will there be to my neighborhood?
Will noise levels increase in my neighborhood?
What is the schedule?
What is a CFI?
Is funding secured for the proposed improvement?


What is a stakeholder? 
Community stakeholders are individuals or organizations/groups with a stake, an interest, or an investment in a community issue or outcome. Their interest may stem from a professional or personal interest in an issue or may result from a commitment to achieve some outcome.

A first step in achieving meaningful public involvement in project development involves identifying the individuals and organizations/groups likely to be affected by the project, those who have a "stake" in its outcome. For the Randall Road Improvements Study stakeholders will include owners of property adjacent to the various alignments, users of the facility, representatives of jurisdictions in which the alternatives are located, transportation service providers in the area, and a wide range of interest groups. Stakeholders are people likely to support the project as well as those likely to oppose it. The views and feedback of stakeholders are important to receive and consider during a project to ensure a comprehensive solution is developed.

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What other ways can I keep informed on the study’s progress? 
The best way to keep updated is to check this web site. The web site will evolve and updates will become more frequent as the project moves forward.

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What alternatives were considered? 
All of the alternatives evaluated as part of the Phase I process, proposed Randall Road to be a 6-lane roadway with additional improvements per alternative described below:

  • Alternative 1 – This alternative includes construction of a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) at the intersection of Algonquin Road and Randall Road. Access to Stonegate Road, Village Road, and Alexandra Boulevard is closed whereas Angela Lane is signalized.
  • Alternative 2 - This alternative includes construction of Grade-Separated Turning Lanes at the intersection of Randall Road and Algonquin Road. Access to Stonegate Road, Village Road, and Alexandra Boulevard is closed whereas Angela Lane is signalized by implementing a Continuous Green-T type intersection.
  • Alternative 3 - This alternative includes addition of turning lanes at the intersection of Randall Road and Algonquin Road. Village Road and Alexandra Boulevard is converted to Right-In/Right-Out whereas Angela Lane and Stonegate Road is signalized.
  • Alternative 4 - This alternative includes construction of a Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) at Randall Road and Algonquin Road intersection. Access to Stonegate Road, Village Road, and Alexandra Boulevard is converted to Right-In/Right-Out whereas Angela Lane is signalized.

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What are the proposed improvements? 
Please see the Preferred Alternative Page for information on proposed improvements.

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How much will the improvements cost? 
Preliminary cost estimates were developed for each of the alternatives that were presented at the Public Meeting on September 23, 2008. The costs include construction and land acquisition. The range is from $60M to $166M, depending on the alternative. This cost estimate is based in 2008 dollars.

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What impacts will there be to my neighborhood? 
Every effort will be made to minimize the impacts to the nearby residences and business owners. Once a Preferred Alternative is selected, additional refining of the alternative will occur and this will enable the project team to look at the potential impacts and determine ways to avoid or minimize those impacts.

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Will noise levels increase in my neighborhood? 
McHenry County collected existing noise measurements along Randall Road and is modeling the improvements to determine the potential for an increase in noise levels along the corridor. This evaluation is not complete; however, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have noise level requirements or thresholds and if those thresholds are exceeded, mitigation measures would be evaluated.

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What is the schedule? 
The following activities have taken place to date: Public Meeting #1 held in July 2007, Public Meeting #2 held in September 2007, Preferred Alternative identified, Public Hearing held in January 2012. The project is currently at the end of Phase I and seeking IDOT design approval in late Spring/early Summer 2013. McHenry County issued a Request for Qualifications on April 29, 2013 for the Phase II design work. This work follows the preliminary planning and engineering work conducted as part of Phase I. The start date for the Phase II work is anticipated to be around October 2013. Any land acquisition necessary for the Randall Road improvements would be identified and coordinated during the Phase II work. After the Phase II design work and land acquisition is completed, Phase III Construction would be initiated.

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What is a CFI? 
A continuous flow intersection has traffic turning left placed to the left of oncoming traffic, opposite where it is normally. This removes the conflict between on-coming traffic and traffic turning left. Vehicles turning left access the lane a few hundred feet in front of the intersection.

See the CFI Information Page for more information.

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Is funding secured for the proposed improvement? 
Funding information for these improvements can be found in McHenry County’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Program, which is updated on an annual basis. Go to http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/dot/2016HIP/2012-2016HIP.html to see the current program.

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