Build Quentin Right - Summer 2014 Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
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Build Quentin Right - Newsletter 2014 Summer


The Issue

The Cook County Highway Department proposes a five lane expansion of Quentin Road between Lake Cook and Dundee in Palatine, Illinois. But the majority of people who live off Quentin Road oppose the five lane expansion and favor a three lane solution:

  • A three lane highway is more safe than one with five.
  • A three lane highway will handle today's and future projected traffic.
  • A three lane highway makes a separated east side bike and walk path possible along the entire corridor.
  • A three lane highway fits into the existing highway department "right of way".
  • A three lane highway is less expensive to build and maintain!

The Cook County Highway Department (CCHD) does not want to consider the three lane solution despite the broad support in the local communities and the full support by all environmental groups. The department is pushing hard for the approval of the plan that ignoresthe needs of major stakeholders in the project - an approach that pretty much guarantees a train wreck in the upcoming phases of the project.

Who we are

We are a non partisan, grassroots organization whose mission is to promote a safe, efficient, environmentally friendly, and fiscally responsible design solution for the re-build of Quentin Road that cuts through Deer Grove Forest Preserve between Lake Cook Road and Dundee Road in Cook County.

Our goal is to insure that all stakeholders in this road have a voice in how this re-build happens: neighbors who live along the road, citizens who use and care for the Deer Grove Forest Preserve, communities that surround the Forest Preserve and commuters who frequently travel on this road in their vehicles.

Get involved

Anyone impacted by the rebuild of Quentin Road between Lake Cook Road and Dundee Road is invited and encouraged to participate in our effort - whether you agree with our positions or not. We need to hear from you and incorporate your needs and views to have a complete picture of all requirements the road project has to meet:

  • Residents and businesses from all neighborhoods along Quentin Road
  • Commuters who use the road frequently with their vehicles, bikes, or on foot
  • Recreational bikers
  • Users and care takers of the Deer Grove Forest Preserve
  • Users of the Camp Reinberg youth camp
  • Local and regional planners and politicians
  • or anyone else impacted by the road

Participate in one or more of our working groups, read, post or reply on our forum, or drop us a note at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Traffic Documentation Project PDF Print E-mail
stakeholder workgroups - WG2: Traffic and capacity
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The proponents of a five-lane solution for Quentin Road rebuild often argue, that the traffic load of the street requires a much wider road. And while the road may very well qualify for a five lane solution, three lanes are adequate to handle the current and projected load.

Fact is, that the traffic volume has significantly been reduced since the last published traffic count was taken in 2008. Also, Quentin Road does not have a lane capacity issue, it has a traffic flow management issue at various intersections with Illinois State streets.

To take the guess-work out of the traffic valume discussion, Build Quentin Right has an ongoing video documentation project, where we publish daily traffic videos. Traffic camera feeds from the Lake-County operated cameras at the intersection of Quentin and Lake-Cook are assembled into daily videos posted to our YouTube channel. Separate videos documenting the north-bound and south-bound traffic are published for every day.

Here you can select the video for a specific day and direction since February 2011.

Stakeholder Conference and Report PDF Print E-mail
stakeholder workgroups - general
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Every road has a large an diverse group of stakeholders who are impacted by the road. Commuters and drivers are one of the major groups, but non-vehicular commuters, residents living along the road, children who have to get to and from school, and many other groups are stakeholders, too.

Quentin Road between Lake-Cook and Dundee has a particularly complex set of stakeholders.

  • The road dissects the oldest forest preserve in the country.
  • The region has a complex water situation prone to flooding.
  • The road runs right by the wells and septic fields of the residents.
  • The current configuration of the road isolates the residents from the village and forest preserve and prevents children from walking or biking to school.
  • None of the north-south streets in the region, including Quentin Road, allow safe use by non-vehicular traffic

Quentin Road is currently a very incomplete street.

Build Quentin Right sponsored a facilitated stake holder conference in April 2010 with a goal to document all stakeholders and their needs. We were able to assemble broad and diverse participation by all stakeholder groups:

  • Vehicle commuters
  • Non-vehicular commuters
  • Residents living along the road
  • The Cook County Highway Department
  • The Cook County Forrest Preserve District
  • The Palatine Part District
  • Local, regional, and country wide government representatives
  • Various special interest organizations

Facilitators assured that the discussions focused on stakeholders and their needs and not on the controversial aspects of the solution and road design details (lane count, close the road, ...)

Here you can download the stakeholder conference report and handout material used during the conferemce.

High Volume Three Lane Streets PDF Print E-mail
stakeholder workgroups - WG2: Traffic and capacity
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The main argument by proponents of the five-lane solution is, that the existing and anticipated traffic volume can only be handled with four travel lanes. It is also sometimes suggested, that the Highway Department has no choice and must build five lanes due to the projected traffic.

Both parts of this argument are not true. Road designers have large degrees of freedom when determining how many cars can safely drive on a given street with a reasonable "level of service". The particular situation of a road needs to be taken into consideration. The segment of Quentin Road between Lake Cook Road and Dundee Road is particularly well suited for high capacity on only two lanes.

Capacity of a road is driven by how wide the travel lanes are and what obstacles exist on and next to the road. Every entrance into a parking lot along the road and every intersection or cross walk will reduce the road's capacity of safely moving vehicles at reasonable levels of service.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 March 2010 17:26