Algonquin approves funding for Highland Avenue improvements

ALGONQUIN – The Village Board has approved $1.2 million in funding for its Highland Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, which will bring improvements to about 4,700 feet of Highland Avenue and Spring Creek Road.

The project, which has been on the village's docket since early 2015, also will receive $1.5 million from the McHenry County Council of Mayors' Surface Transportation Program.

According to previous Northwest Herald reporting, the renovation will widen the road from 22 to 28 feet, add new curbing and gutters and include an enclosed storm sewer system.

The project also requires an intergovernmental agreement with Barrington Hills, as a portion of the road lies within that village.

Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera said the project will reconstruct 3,500 feet of the road in Algonquin between Tanglewood Drive and the village limits, and 1,200 feet of the road in Barrington Hills from the village limits to Haegers Bend Road.

Kumbera said collaborating with Barrington Hills to do the whole stretch of road at once helped the village take advantage of economies of scale.

The village aims to complete the project within the next two years, Kumbera said.