Waubonsee seeks traffic signal to improve entrance safety

By on October 1, 2010

Sugar Grove—Waubonsee Community College is pursuing the installation of a traffic signal at its north entrance following a review of the final report of the April 14 traffic accident that claimed the life of two students.

The college received the final report from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) stemming from the accident at the college’s Route 47 north entrance. The report outlined the safety measures enacted since the accident, reviewed possible safety enhancements, and ultimately determined a traffic signal is permissible at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus north entrance.

“With the assistance and permission of IDOT, we are now able to pursue the installation of a traffic signal at the college’s north entrance,” Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said. “We believe, and IDOT concurs, that this will significantly increase the safety of the entrance for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Since the accident, IDOT has installed intersection warning signs with flashing beacons for both northbound and southbound traffic.

The traffic signal project is eligible for federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds, and Waubonsee is working with IDOT to finalize this source to fund the majority of the project expenses.