Kendall unsure of what way to turn at intersection
By Steve Lord email@example.com September 21, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:28AM
YORKVILLE — For the time being, Kendall County will not construct a roundabout at Little Rock and Creek roads.
But highway officials are at a loss right now as to what will go there. County officials lowered the speed on Little Rock Road to 45 mph a while back, in anticipation of building the roundabout.
That speed will stay the same, but County Board member Dan Koukol, Highway Committee chairman, said committee members and highway department officials are unsure how else to slow or control traffic there.
“The committee has no direction at this time,” Koukol told the board. “There is no consensus as to what to do.”
Some of the options committee members have discussed include putting rumble strips down or flashing lights up along Little Rock Road. They also have discussed making the intersection a four-way stop.
The county and its highway department have studied what to do at the intersection for a while. After hiring an engineering firm to study options, the firm’s recommendation was a roundabout.
Engineers said that would best address traffic counts, which are easily dealt with now but will rise in the future, and safety.
They said it was a better alternative for now and the future, safer and cheaper than putting in traditional traffic signals there. The city of Plano and Little Rock Township agreed with the alternative.
But the County Board, in a 5-5 vote several weeks ago, declined to approve the roundabout. Board members opposing, as well as some community members, said the $650,000 the roundabout would cost was too much to spend right now.
Koukol said the highway committee will discuss the future of the intersection again.