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Street Deterioration in Woodstock

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

McHenry County, Illinois

Street Deterioration in Woodstock

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
February 15, 2008


Woodstock Square Road Damage


Why are there so many streets in Woodstock that are deteriorating? And why are deteriorating conditions allowed to continue for so long?

There is a barricade this week on the brick paving right on the Square. Check out the corner of Cass and Benton, in front of Gallery 100. At least, the City has put a barricade at this street problem.

Check out the “dip” in front as 218 N. Madison, as you roll to a stop northbound at Church Street. What is happening beneath the surface of the pavement? Has the City investigated that dip? Does it know (yet) what is going on below the pavement that is causing the surface to sink? Will, someday, a car or truck punch on through the surface and fall into a sink hole?

And how about the “dips” on Judd Street as you drive toward the Library from the Square? Is anything serious going on there? Or, rather, has anything serious been developing over the past few months that will create a sudden danger for a motorist, if a sink hole opens up?

And on Lake Avenue just east of Eastwood (Route 47). This is a newly paved roadway that should have remained in great condition for years. Within a year the pavement is cracking and deteriorating, especially around manhole covers. Will the City hold the contractor liable and cause the contract to make full and permanent repairs as soon as weather permits?

Why are there so many streets in Woodstock that are deteriorating? And why are deteriorating conditions allowed to continue for so long?

If you know of a potentially-serious street problem (rut, deep chuckhole, etc.), report it to pwdept@woodstockil.gov and post it here.



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