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'Neighborhood in danger': Barrington residents concern underpass building's influence


Greater than 1,200 bushes stretching throughout six acres alongside Route 14 in Barrington have been taken down in current weeks, clearing the way in which for a long-sought underpass beneath the Canadian Nationwide railroad tracks.

A precedence for greater than a decade, village leaders say the $94.1 million mission will present a sooner and safer journey for drivers who usually discover themselves backed up in lengthy delays on the tracks. It’ll additionally ease issues about emergency autos getting caught ready for slow-moving freight trains to clear, officers say.

However whereas drivers could also be eagerly awaiting the work’s completion in about two years, not everyone seems to be embracing the mission.

Owners within the historic Jewel Park subdivision north of Route 14 have seen dozens of their neighborhood bushes eliminated and 6 houses razed — with two extra set to face demolition — considerably altering the looks of their neighborhood.

Crews later this 12 months will substitute the leveled houses and bushes with a short lived 4-lane roadway that may carry Route 14 visitors by way of the world throughout building of the underpass.

“They’ve to mainly transfer Route 14 on a short lived foundation,” mentioned Terry Riordan, a member of the Jewel Park Owners Affiliation. “They usually have chosen to enter our neighborhood.”

Established in 1925 by the Jewel Tea Co., the subdivision consists of greater than 80 houses north the underpass website. Involved concerning the mission’s influence on their neighborhood, members of the owners affiliation have met with Barrington officers a number of instances and even walked by way of the mission space with village representatives.

“That is only a huge mission. We perceive there’s a necessity for it,” Riordan mentioned. “However it has negatively impacted a historic neighborhood, and it’s going to place the neighborhood in danger while you put a four-lane freeway by way of.”

Village officers say they’re addressing the residents’ issues.

“The village has and can proceed to work to mitigate impacts of the grade separation mission as a lot as attainable for all adjoining property house owners,” Assistant Village Supervisor Marie Hansen mentioned.

However Riordan and his spouse, Sue, mentioned the conferences with Barrington representatives have solely raised extra issues. They are saying residents are sad the village eliminated the bushes this spring, months earlier than highway building is predicted to start out.

Village officers defended the timing, noting that tree removing is prohibited between March 31 and Oct. 1 to guard the endangered northern lengthy eared bat.

Owners additionally fear that the 24-month building timeline is just too optimistic, and that the development will negatively have an effect on surrounding neighborhoods as effectively.

“All we wish to do is guarantee that the village will get this factor accomplished as rapidly, as effectively and as safely as attainable,” Riordan mentioned.

 
Automobiles move by the Barrington Space Library alongside Route 14, the place bushes have been minimize down to arrange for the development of an underpass beneath the Canadian Nationwide railroad tracks close by.
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Bushes alongside Route 14 close to the Barrington Space Library have been minimize down to arrange for the development of an underpass beneath the Canadian Nationwide railroad tracks close by.
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Bushes have been minimize down and houses demolished alongside Route 14 in Barrington to clear the way in which for the development of an underpass beneath the Canadian Nationwide railroad tracks close by.
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