Long Grove’s downtown future still has village leaders optimistic

Long Grove’s downtown future still has village leaders optimistic

Long Grove village board members say a continuing mess from road construction and other work should be viewed as a sign of progress for the downtown.

Elected officials addressed the state of downtown after a resident raised the issue at a village board meeting last week.

Construction crews have been in downtown Long Grove since spring, first tackling a public water main extension on Old McHenry Road as part of a $3.8 million project. That was followed by Old McHenry Road reconstruction and other work expected to continue until fall, including installing a new traffic signal at Robert Parker Coffin Road, handicapped-accessible sidewalks and lighting.

Adding to the downtown’s lack of pizzazz, barricades went up on both sides of the one-lane covered bridge after a rented box truck smashed into it June 27, two weeks after the village got it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic since then.

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