Randall Over 90 Virtual Public Information Meeting Set For Feb. 4

Randall Over 90 Virtual Public Information Meeting Set For Feb. 4

The Kane County Division of Transportation is conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkage analysis to evaluate potential improvements to Randall Road between Big Timber Road and IL Route 72, with particular focus on its interchange with I-90 (the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway).

And KDOT officials are asking you to join them for a live virtual public information meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, to learn more about the project and potential improvement concepts under consideration.

The meeting will be held as a Zoom call and presentation that can be accessed at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 by clicking the “Join the Live Presentation” button below.

The most recent update of Zoom (Zoom 5.3.0 or later) is needed to view this presentation.

For those who don’t have access to the internet, you can call in by phone at669-900-9128 and use the meeting ID and passcode below to access the call.

  • Meeting ID: 91070476753 // Passcode: 642831

Randall Over 90 Project Map

All of the virtual public meeting materials will be available on Feb. 4 at www.RandallOver90.com.

You will be encouraged to provide feedback by completing a electronic survey, which will be available from Feb. 4, 2021, to March 5, 2021.

All surveys and comments must be received by Friday, March 5, 2021, to be included in the official meeting documentation.

If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the Randall Over 90 PEL project, please contact the KDOT project manager, Mike Zakosek, P.E. by phone at 630-584-5265 or by email at zakosekmike@co.kane.il.us

SOURCE: Kane County Division of Transportation

Randall Over I-90 FAQS

Versions of the following questions were asked online, via email, or at the public meeting. If you do not see a response that addresses your comment/question, please email randallover90@gmail.com.

1. Are you considering changes to the I-90 interchange, such as a cloverleaf, DDI or SPUI?

Access onto and off of I-90 needs to be improved, and it may be that the current interchange cannot be expanded in its current configuration to provide the needed
improvements. A variety of interchange reconfigurations will be evaluated during this feasibility study.

A cloverleaf interchange with one or multiple loops, such as I-90 and IL Route 25; a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), such as the new one at Elmhurst Road and I-90; or a single-point urban interchange (SPUI) such as the new I-90 interchange with Barrington Road will certainly be evaluated.

Both types of interchange are more efficient than the current interchange in their treatment of left turns. Both also have drawbacks which must be considered. Innovative and creative concepts will also be carefully considered.

2. Two lanes in each direction on Randall Road are not enough for the current and future growth of the area. Randall Road needs to be widened to three lanes.

Traffic analysis shows several different issues cause congestion in this corridor. While additional lanes will be considered, simply adding a lane may not alleviate the frequent stops cause by traffic signals. KDOT’s initial analysis took into consideration current and future traffic projections of the year 2050.

The goal of all options developed will be to accommodate current and future growth.

3. Traffic noise is one of my primary concerns. What will be done to address this issue?

At this level of study, we have taken existing noise measurements at seven locations in the corridor. Some locations already can be classified as “impacted”, meaning that existing noise levels exceed IDOT Noise Abatement Criteria, which triggers the consideration of a noise wall.

Additional locations within the corridor may also fall in the “impacted” category when the effects of potential improvements and future traffic are evaluated. State and federal regulations require a potential noise wall to meet both feasibility (measured as effectiveness in noise mitigation) and reasonableness (measured in cost per improved location) criteria in order to be built. For impacted areas, a noise wall will be considered to determine if it meets both of criteria defined above.

4. Will impacts to the residential properties along Randall Road be considered? There are also concerns about drainage impacts, access, property values, etc.

Throughout the feasibility study, KDOT and the study team will consider environmental constraints such as land use, water resources, and natural resources. This will include impacts on the community, including how a transportation improvement physically affects residential neighborhoods, commercial centers, and public facilities during the environmental phase of this project.

Safe access throughout the corridor will be a critical factor which can be improved through a variety of measures including access control and capacity improvements.

Changes in property values are driven by value associated with site specific factors such as accessibility, safety, noise, visual amenities, proximity to shopping, community cohesion, and business productivity. KDOT cannot reasonably foresee which of these impacts will impact the value of the subject property in a negative or positive way. While property values will not be a specific evaluation criterion, different proposed concepts will be evaluated on the factors associated with changes in values as described above.

5. Congestion on the westbound I-90 ramp to Randall Road creates dangerous backups.

The intersection of the westbound I-90 ramp with Randall Road is a critical bottleneck, with five high-volume movements controlled by the existing traffic signal. Backups on this ramp are a very high priority of both KDOT and the Illinois Tollway.

A wide variety of options, including the reconfiguration of the intersection and the interchange, will be considered as part of the study.

6. The current traffic signal timing and the frequency of traffic signals seem to contribute significantly to traffic congestion. Can anything be done to improve the coordination of existing signals?

KDOT already has an interconnection system in place throughout the corridor. Signal timing of the network is optimized for the best possible progression of traffic, but the close proximity of signals and the high volumes of traffic in all directions during peak periods reduce the effectiveness of this synchronization.

KDOT is in the process of installing a new system called adaptive signal timing, which monitors traffic flow on a constant basis and adjusts signal timing minute-by-minute. While this should result in improved traffic flow in the near term, future growth is likely to exceed the capacity of this new system.

7. There appears to be too many traffic signals in the corridor, and/or some intersections are creating safety or traffic issues. Can some of these signals or turning movements be eliminated or reconfigured?

Our traffic analysis indicates that the closely-spaced traffic signals contribute to congestion, and safety is a concern with this many intersections because of the long backups they create. This feasibility study will consider additional access management strategies to promote mobility along Randall Road and mitigate delays in emergency vehicle access to Advocate Sherman Hospital. Potential elimination or reconfiguration of some intersections will be part of the study.

8. The existing pedestrian or bicycle options throughout the corridor are insufficient or unsafe. Additional alternative transportation options need to be considered for the Pace station, etc.

It is expected pedestrian and/or bicycle infrastructure improvements will be an important criterion in concept evaluation. Most of the proposed improvement concepts will include additional pedestrian and/or bicycle facilities. Improved multimodal access to the Pace facility will be an important consideration.

9. Safety in this area is already an issue.

Safety and crash analysis show traffic congestion is the single most significant contributor to the crash history in the corridor, specifically rear end crashes. KDOT will work to enhance safety in the corridor and minimize or mitigate impacts to the extent possible when considering improvement options.

10. Are additional access ramps to I-90, additional crossings of I-90, or improvements to other corridors or transit modes being considered as part of the study?

The scope of this study is currently limited to the Randall Road corridor. Early findings have substantiated KDOT’s contention that infrastructure improvements within this corridor are necessary. The focus of this study will be Randall Road; however, KDOT will certainly consider future alternative studies or design projects if findings and conclusions suggest.

It is possible the study will conclude that corridor congestion mitigation cannot succeed without an additional crossing or access point for I-90.

11. I’m worried about impacts caused by construction.

This study is one of KDOT’s top priorities. Based on the time required to conduct environmental studies, complete schematic and final design, and acquire any necessary
right-of-way, KDOT estimates it may be 5-10 years until major construction activities will begin.

With the support of the community and its elected officials, it may be possible to  accelerate some improvements. Effort to minimize and mitigate construction impacts will be important considerations of future design phases.

12. Additional traffic signals are needed where they are not already provided.

Our traffic analysis indicates the closely spaced traffic signals contribute to congestion, and safety is a concern with backups created by these many intersections. This feasibility study will consider additional access management strategies to promote mobility along Randall Road, with as little negative impact as possible to side street access.

A development proposed for the southwest corner of Randall Road at IL 72 is anticipated to add a traffic signal at Carrington Road.

13. Existing traffic signal timing is frequently interrupted by emergency vehicles going to Advocate Sherman Hospital. Is this an issue which can be addressed?

The entire Randall Road traffic signal network is “preempted” by the approach of an emergency vehicle, which improves the vehicle’s access to Advocate Sherman Hospital, but resets the cycle for the entire corridor. This creates long red lights and backups for all other movements using Randall Road. An attempt to reduce the effect of these preemptions on traffic, without compromising emergency vehicle access, will be an important aspect of the study.

14. Local developments, particularly new apartments and businesses, are making traffic worse.

The advantages offered by this area, which have drawn so many people and businesses over the past 30 years, are just as visible today. As a result, it is very likely that new homes and facilities will continue to seek out the area. This study will work to balance the needs of commuters with those of local stakeholders–whether they are established, new, or anticipated.

15. I am in support of this project as new improvements with long-term benefits are needed.

The study takes into consideration potential traffic demands through the year 2050. The study team is very aware of how critical Randall Road is to the economic health of the county and the area. The feasibility study will emphasize large-scale concepts intended to provide significant improvements in mobility and capacity.

16. I oppose this project, and I do not believe any improvements need to be built.

The study team is very aware of how critical Randall Road is to the economic health of the county and the area. This study will consider a “no-build option” along with any list of potential improvements.

It should be noted that the project’s traffic and safety analyses as  well as a great majority of public input received to this point, all support the idea that action should be taken.