Once again, we in the Chicago suburbs face another winter of commuting on sloshy, treacherous snow-packed main roads while suburban side streets remain passable. Now that I drive home from work at 1 a.m., I’m still amazed to see that the main roads through Arlington Heights — Arlington Heights Road, Golf Road, Northwest Highway, Algonquin Road, Palatine and Rand Roads — are still extremely dangerous, while the less-traveled village roads are for the most part clean and passable. I understand plowing a Golf or Palatine road at rush hour may not make for a smooth commute. But having a main road still rutted and snowpacked at 1 a.m.?
The village’s argument — and I’m sure that of all the other suburbs around here as well — is that those roads are the responsibility of the state or county to maintain. I can buy that for pothole patching or resurfacing, but isn’t it in the village’s best interest to keep the priority streets in safe and passable condition — no matter who is repsonsible? What about Arlington Heights Road, which is a main thoroughfare for emergency vehicles and ambulances heading for Northwest Community Hospital?
It’s obvious that the state and county are spread too thin during winter snnowstorms. Why isn’t there some kind of intergovernmental agreement that would bring all jurisdictions into play in order to maintain the safety of priority roads during a snowstorm?
Until that is resolved … and I’m sure that won’t happen soon, since everyone in power just shrugs their shoulders … here are village roads I recommend to take if you need to get through Arlington Heights on a well-plowed street:
NORTH/SOUTH: Windsor/Dryden/Cleveland, Ridge, Dunton, Kennicott.
EAST/WEST: Oakton, Thomas (up to Arlington Heights Road, where it becomes a county road), Park, White Oak
If anyone has alternative local roads in their community they’d like to share, e-mail me and I’ll add them to the list.