Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor
Myths vs Facts
The Longmeadow Parkway Fox River Bridge Corridor is a four-lane Fox River Bridge crossing and four-lane minor arterial roadway corridor with a median, approximately 5.6 miles in length, constructed to alleviate traffic congestion in northern Kane County. The proposed road passes through portions of the Villages of Algonquin, Carpentersville and Barrington Hills, as well as unincorporated areas of Kane County. The western terminus is at Huntley Road west of Randall Road, approximately 1,300 feet northwest of the Huntley/Boyer intersection. From Huntley Road to the Fox River, the corridor primarily traverses mostly undeveloped properties or new subdivisions; these subdivisions were developed with a dedicated right-of-way to accommodate the proposed corridor. After crossing the river, the corridor parallels existing Bolz Road, to the eastern project terminus at Illinois Route 62.
The proposed Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor is envisioned as a regional roadway stretching from Huntley Road to Illinois Route 62 with a new bridge over the Fox River. The project received $4 million in the Federal Transportation Bill (SAFETEA-LU), however with a preliminary construction cost estimate of $115M, some project elements were unfunded. With limited options to address the funding shortfall, eleven local governments in the Upper Fox Valley region passed resolutions requesting that Kane County consider funding the bridge through a user fee (toll funding). Based upon this request, the Kane County Board agreed to establish a Longmeadow Parkway Toll Bridge Task Force in 2008. The 16-member Task Force was charged with coordinating the required activities needed for the County Board to make an informed decision on the toll facility request.
The Task Force oversaw the completion of the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor Traffic Projections and Financial Feasibility Study and on June 23, 2010 passed a resolution requesting the County Board support and move forward with the construction of the toll bridge across the Fox River on the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor.
The project is funded with a mix of federal, state of Illinois and local funds.
Detailed information regarding the improvement can be found under "Other Documents" near the bottom of this website.
Longmeadow Parkway over the Fox River Flyover Video
Longmeadow Parkway Flyover Video
As part of the final design of the proposed Longmeadow Parkway over the Fox River bridge and approaches, the engineering team, led by Crawford Murphy and Tilly, assisted by Invision, developed a video to visualize a portion of the corridor. The video begins with a view of the south side of the Fox River bridge, moves to the proposed mixed use path overpass within the Brunner Family Forest Preserve, tracks in an easterly direction to the intersection of Longmeadow Parkway and the Bolz Road connector, then turns around heading in a westerly direction back over the bridge and finishing back at the Brunner Family Forest Preserve proposed mixed use path overpass.
Phase I Engineering - County Board approved an amended Phase I Engineering agreement on November 8, 2011 for the work necessary to complete the Phase I Engineering for the corridor (including toll elements). Phase I Design Approval was obtained on December 4, 2013, clearing the way for Phase II engineering.
Phase II Engineering - In July 2013 the County Board approved engineering agreements with four separate engineering firms to prepare contract documents. Phase II Engineering continues.
Land Acquisition - County Board approved an amended Right-of-Way funding agreement which provides over $13.7M for land acquisition. Land acquisition continues throughout the corridor.
Construction/Construction Engineering - Construction began in early 2016, and the entire corridor is currently planned to be open to traffic in early 2022. Four sections have been constructed and three of these sections are open to traffic. The bridge section over the Fox River is substantially complete, but is not open to traffic. Two final sections are under construction, and work continues on the tolling infrastructure.