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Post by knightfan26917 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:38 pm

I've posted pics of old roads (Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, etc.) and pictures of the "road ahead" from various trips and drives. But, one type of road I had not taken pictures of until December 18, 2010, is a BRAND NEW road. I'm not talking just new concrete/pavement ... I'm talking ... brand new ... as in NO pavement had been in that spot previously. For this photo shoot, the "Stearns Road Project":
http://www.stearnsroad.com/

Stearns Road was extended from IL RT 25 to Randall Rd, providing a much-needed 4-lane bridge across the Fox River between Elgin and St Charles. The only other bridge crossing the Fox River between St Charles (IL RT 64) and Elgin (US RT 20) ... is a very small 2-lane bridge that goes through the heart of South Elgin.


In this pic...
http://www.stearnsroad.com/Images/support/exhibit.pdf
...the yellow line between Randall and McLean is brand new road, as is the purple line between McLean and IL RT 25.


The extended (brand new pavement) Stearns Road was opened to traffic December 16. I took my inaugural drive on it that Saturday, December 18, and snapped the following pictures.


EAST-bound on original Stearn Rd pavement, approaching the newly-reconfigured & vastly-different intersection w/Dunham Rd & IL RT 25:
On A Brand New Road NewRD1_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingW_atILrt25kirkRDstearnsRDintrsctn


EAST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, after turning right off the pavement that Stearns Rd & IL RT 25 now share for a bit:
On A Brand New Road NewRD2_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingW_nearingBridge


EAST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, approaching the new bridge over the Fox River:
On A Brand New Road NewRD3_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingW_atBridge


NORTH-bound, after turning off IL RT 31, on re-designed & re-paved McLean Blvd, approaching the brand new Stearns Rd intersection:
On A Brand New Road NewRD4_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingNonMcLeanBlvdATstearnsRD


WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, just east of the new intersection w/Randall Rd & McDonald Rd:
On A Brand New Road NewRD5_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingE_justEofRandallRd


WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, approaching the McLean Blvd intersection:
On A Brand New Road NewRD6_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingE_atMcLeanBlvd


WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, about to go under the IL RT 31 bridge:
On A Brand New Road NewRD7_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingE_UnderILrt31


WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd bridge, looking south at the Fox River:
On A Brand New Road NewRD8_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingE_SlookingATfoxRVR


WEST-bound on Stearns Rd/IL RT 25 shared (old) pavement, approaching the newly-reconfigured & vastly-different intersection w/Dunham Rd:
On A Brand New Road NewRD9_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingE_nearingILrt25kirkRDstearnsRDintrsctn


NORTH-bound on IL RT 31, overlooking brand new Stearns Rd pavement:
On A Brand New Road NewRD10_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingNonILrt31_WlookingATnewStearnsRDtracksRHS




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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:21 pm

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This new road's speed limit is 45 MPH, even though the road is a 4-lane beauty with little to no current development. I suspect that will change in the future, though, with all the "growth" along Randall Rd the last few years.

In the meantime, I hope this consideration becomes reality, increasing the speed limit to at least 50 MPH:
http://couriernews.suntimes.com/3841484-417/kane-looks-at-raising-speed-limit-on-stearns.html


2 additional pics:

EAST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, rounding the corner to see the intersection w/McLean Blvd:
On A Brand New Road NewRD_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingE_nearingMcLeanBlvd

WEST-bound on brand new Stearns Rd pavement, approaching the McLean Blvd intersection, with the curve from the above picture visible in the distance:
On A Brand New Road NewRD_STEARNSrdBRDG_drivingW__nearingMcLeanBlvd



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