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IDOT to place signs at 'deadly' highway points on I-80, I-55

Channahon Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher presents a certificate of appreciation to Channahon Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jim Proffitt after he resigned from the position this week.
Channahon Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher presents a certificate of appreciation to Channahon Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jim Proffitt after he resigned from the position this week.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be placing six signs at several high-accident interstate zones around the area, Channahon Village Trustee Scott Slocum said.

Slocum, also an organizer for Residents United for Safer Highways, told trustees the news at this week’s Channahon Village Board meeting.

The signs will warn of traffic ahead. One will be placed in Channahon, along southbound Interstate 55 at West Summit Road.

“IDOT made this decision because of the interest shown by the community,” Slocum said. “The stretch from Minooka to Hero’s West is the most deadly section of [Interstate 80]. ... These signs are a direct result of the efforts by RUSH.”

The first of the three meetings the organization held was in January 2018.

It included residents and representatives from businesses and government, Slocum said. It’s the combination of outdated infrastructure and high traffic that makes particular stretches of I-80 so hazardous, he said.

Slocum said the letter he received this week from IDOT said the $5.6 million project will result in six signs, including the one in Channahon; at eastbound I-80 and Shepley Road; at southbound I-55 just north of Jefferson Street, at Harris Drive; at eastbound I-80, west of Larkin Avenue; at westbound I-80, east of Larkin; and at westbound I-80 at Cherry Hill Road.

The message boards will alert drivers to slow down and should be completed this summer.

Also at this week’s board meeting, trustees approved the final plat for construction of a second phase of homes in the Villas of Keating Pointe subdivision.

Core Homes plans on constructing 31 single-family homes between Keating Boulevard and River Plaza Drive.

The subdivision is south of Route 6 and west of Ridge Road. The first phase of homes began in 2018, and a final third phase is planned for the future.

Trustees also approved a contract with ESI Consultants for an amount not to exceed $127,618 for engineering services for traffic signals to be placed at Route 6 and East Frontage Road.

The board also recognized and thanked Jim Proffitt for his eight years of service on the Channahon Planning and Zoning Commission. Proffitt resigned from the position to move out of state.

“It’s been a wonderful eight years,” he told the board. “I really appreciate the fact that I was able to serve my community. It’s been a great experience.”

Mike Pershey was appointed to replace Proffitt.

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