The McHenry County Division of Transportation is announcing the start of construction on Phase 1 of the Charles J. Miller Road Improvement Project.
The Charles J. Miller Road project generally consists of widening Miller Road from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway with dedicated turn lanes from Illinois Route 31 east to River Road and construction of an additional bridge north of the existing bridge over the Fox River. Due to the complexity of the project and overall readiness, the project has been split into separate phases for construction.
Phase 1 of the Miller Road project will begin near the entrance to the City of McHenry’s Water Treatment Plant approximately 1300’ east of Green Street and continue east to River Road. A new 2-lane bridge will be constructed over the Fox River to supplement the existing bridge so that 2 traffic lanes in each direction are provided over the river. Also as part of Phase 1, a pedestrian/bikepath will be built along the south side of Miller Road providing a connection to the Moraine Hills State Park. Improvements to River Road will also extend approximately a half mile north and south of Miller Road improving the operation of that intersection. New modern traffic signals will be installed at the River Road intersection with Miller Road. Phase 1 of the Miller Road project is anticipated to be completed by October 15, 2013. The cost for this first phase is approximately $12 million.
Phase 2 of the Miller Road project starts at the west end of Phase I and extends west through Illinois Route 31. The project will also include improvements to the Miller Road/Bull Valley Road intersection with Illinois Route 31. Just as with Miller Road, Illinois Route 31 will also be widened to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction with dual left turn and right turn lanes on all legs of the intersection. Phase 2 will extend approximately a 1/3 mile north and south of Miller Road along Illinois Route 31. Phase 2 of the Miller Road widening project is anticipated to begin in 2014/2015 pending project readiness.
To learn more about the project, ask questions, and follow the progress of the project, visit the project website at www.charlesmillerroad.com where you can sign up for email updates.
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