Board talks road safety

By on February 25, 2011

Kaneville—The Kaneville Village Board on Thursday, Feb. 17, heard a report on upcoming actions to make the roads of Kaneville safer.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve safety,” said Tom Szabo of the Kane County Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Szabo explained KDOT’s plans to add speed reduction markers to roads, close some passing zones, and add more signs.

“We are going to reinforce and double up on signs,” said Szabo, “Where there is one sign on the road, we will now add a sign at the opposite.”

Board members said they are most excited to be the first township to see the addition of solar-powered speed reduction signs, which will be mounted under current signs. These signs will show drivers their current speed, as well as collect data that the township can track.

“We are very excited to see the difference these signs will bring,” Trustee Paul Ross said.

These signs are intended to be permanent but are estimated to cost upwards of $5,000.

“Hopefully we can encourage some sort of deal, so we don’t have to put the full cost on the township,” said Szabo.

While board members said that the cost could be a potential problem, they focused on the safety implications.

“The signs might save a life,” President Bob Rodney said. “And what is a life worth?”

The signs will be delivered to KDOT by mid-March and should be installed in the township by April.

“It’s a step forward,” said Rodney, “But, we’ll keep looking for ways to make our roads safer.”