The City is contracting with a consultant to conduct a Phase I Engineering Study of the Algonquin Road Grade Separation project which calls for constructing an overpass over the Union Pacific Railroad between Mount Prospect Road and Wolf Road.
A comprehensive feasibility study identified this project as the highest transportation priority for the city because it is the most feasible compared to other projects and it would provide the most benefits, including:
- Improved traffic flow
- Reduced traffic congestion and emissions
- And, improved response times for emergency vehicles
This study is the first step in a multi-year, multi-phased project which will be completed in mid-2022. Phase 1 includes environmental and drainage studies, analysis of traffic and safety and a recommended plan for the project. It will also consider cost estimates and explore possible funding sources.
Additionally, the City (working with its engineering consultant) will hold public meetings and collect input that will be considered in the project design.
Building on the findings of this phase, the next phase would be detailed design, and would include additional public involvement. Depending on funding availability, construction could potentially begin in 2028 and would take about two years.