US Route 14 Reconstruction


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U.S. Route 14 Reconstruction and Widening

Construction Fast Facts

  • Project Start: Fall, 2014
  • Project End: Fall, 2016
  • Project Cost: $48,000,000.00
  • Project Municipality: Crystal Lake, Woodstock
  • Project County: McHenry

The department will be reconstructing U.S. Route 14 from West Lake Shore Drive to south of Crystal Lake Avenue in McHenry County starting in the fall of 2014. The project has been separated into two roadway contracts which will be under construction concurrently: West Lake Shore Drive to Lucas Road and Lucas Road to south of Crystal lake Avenue. The project is needed as the old pavement needs to be replaced and upgraded to accommodate current traffic demands.

Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.


The scope of work includes:

  • Complete reconstruction of the existing pavement from West Lake Shore Drive to south of IL Route 176.
  • Widening and resurfacing from south of IL Route 176 to Crystal Lake Avenue.
  • Complete replacement of the drainage system and signage.
  • Construction of two 12’-wide lanes in each direction separated by a 22’-wide raised, landscaped median.
  • Construction of a separate 10’-wide multi-use path from West Lake Shore Dr. to just south of McHenry County College.
  • Traffic signal improvements at the intersections of US Route 14 and West Lake Shore Drive, Lucas Road, Ridgefield Road South, IL Route 176, Woodstock St., and Crystal Lake Ave.
  • Installation of new traffic signals at the intersection of US Route 14 and Doty Road.

Maintenance of Traffic:

  • One lane of vehicular traffic will be maintained in each direction along US Route 14.
  • Traffic will be shifted onto temporary pavement at times to facilitate construction.
  • Temporary traffic signals will be installed at signal improvement locations.

Project Schedule:

  • Current project letting is Summer, 2014.
  • Construction activities are anticipated to commence in the fall of 2014 and anticipated to last 2 seasons.


This project has been coordinated with the following municipalities and agencies:

  • The City of Woodstock
  • The City of Crystal Lake
  • McHenry County Department of Transportation
  • McHenry County Conservation District
  • McHenry County College

Project Benefits:

  • Improved Safety
  • Increased Capacity
  • Decreased maintenance needs
  • Improved pedestrian/bicyclist facilities
  • Creation of an estimated 500 construction jobs

This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

As the US Route 14 Improvement Project progresses, IDOT will periodically update this website to assure that the motorists of Illinois are kept informed of project developments, public involvement opportunities, and construction related activities.

This website has been set up to provide residents, business owners and travelers with the information they need to know what is happening at US Route 14. If this site has not answered all of your questions, please fill out the feedback form or contact us at:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196

Please continue to visit the US Route 14 Improvement Project website for periodic updates throughout the course of the US Route 14 Improvement Project. The Illinois Department of Transportation looks forward to your continued input and support.

This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

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