JOLIET – Construction is scheduled to start Monday on a new traffic signal at the entrance to the Inwood complex.
The Joliet Park District sought the signal to ease access to the Presence Inwood Athletic Club and other facilities at the Jefferson Street complex.
The traffic signal is expected to be fully installed by mid-August.
“It’s a huge safety issue for our patrons,” said Dominic Egizio, park district executive director. “Anyone who tries to turn left and go west on Jefferson Street knows how difficult it is. There have been numerous accidents.”
Egizio said the park district has worked on the project for several years, trying to get approval from the state for the traffic signal. The park district also has saved money to pay for it, he said.
The traffic signal costs $749,000. The costs will be shared with Terry D’Arcy, who owns the property across the street where Hawk Volkswagen is located, Egizio said. D’Arcy sold the dealership in December.
The traffic signal will serve both the Inwood complex and Hawk Volkswagen.
Egizio said the park district is still in discussions with D’Arcy over how much he will contribute to the project. D’Arcy said he would pay for the improvements on the side of the street he owns, and they would split the cost of the signal.
“Whatever my obligation is, I’ll pay it, just as we originally agreed,” D’Arcy said.
The work includes realignment of the existing driveways on Jefferson Street. The traffic signal will be located at what is now the Inwood exit onto Jefferson Street.
The two driveways will be closed for the first two weeks of construction because work will be done in the parking lot. Motorists are advised to enter the parking lot from Infantry Drive while the Jefferson Street driveways are closed.
Meanwhile, another project is slated for a nearby intersection on Jefferson Street.
Work will be done at the Caterpillar Drive intersection, to add a left-turn lane to Caterpillar, said Joliet Public Works Director Jim Trizna.