According to a Northwest Herald article from July 7, 2010, McHenry County Board voted to retain a 10-foot-wide, multi-use path as part of the ongoing Walkup Road project. In addition, the County will pay one half of the required local match for the construction of a pedestrian-bicycle bridge over Rakow Road at Pyott Road, along the McHenry County Prairie Trail, which was funded in large part by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant.
Walkup Road plans include a multi-use path running from Route 176 north to Pleasant Hill Road, which will provide access to Veteran Acres Park and the Prairie Rides Conservation Area. The County is again using CMAQ funding ($11.8M) for both the sidepath and the $23 million road project. The cost associated with maintenance of the path will be the responsibility of the Crystal Lake Park District.
The pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Rakow Road is estimated to cost $856,000. The bridge will be constructed as part of a project to widen Rakow Road – one of McHenry County’s most congested. The bridge lies along the McHenry County Prairie Trail, which runs for twenty-six miles from Kane County (in the Village of Algonquin) to the Wisconsin border.
The County Board will pay half the required twenty percent local match – $85,600 – for the bridge. The McHenry County Conservation District, who maintains the Prairie Trail, will pay the other half and the remainder will come from CMAQ funds.
The Walkup Road project is expected to be completed next year. The $32 million Rakow Road project is expected to begin late this year or early next year and is planned to last for two years.