SG board discusses potential turnabout

By on November 22, 2013
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SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed the possibility of placing a two-lane turnabout that would connect Route 30, Granart Road and Bucktail Lane.

Tim Sjogren from TADI, Inc., and Tony Simmons from HR Green, were available to answer questions from the board. The tentative plans would cut off an existing part of Granart Road and veer the road south, meeting up with Bucktail Lane and US Route 30 to create a four-way intersection.

The village of Sugar Grove is currently considering a plan to place a two-lane turnabout that would connect Route 30, Granart Road and Bucktail Lane and create a four-way intersection. The turnabout, once installed, may reduce accident rate volume and severity. (click for larger image)

The village of Sugar Grove is currently considering a plan to place a two-lane turnabout that would connect Route 30, Granart Road and Bucktail Lane and create a four-way intersection. The turnabout, once installed, may reduce accident rate volume and severity.


Village President Sean Michels explained the reasoning behind the tentative plans for the turnabout.

“IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) is funding this plan for a turnabout because they believe that pulling the intersection to the south will make it safer to cross the train tracks,” he said. “They are considering a turnabout that would basically be a four-way intersection that wouldn’t stop. If there was a stop light there, drivers would potentially have to wait for the light to cycle three times in order to go through.”

Village trustee Rick Montalto commented about the unfamiliarity that the community has with turnabouts and how that could negatively affect drivers and traffic flow.

“Because turnabouts are so foreign, you could run the risk of someone coming down this road during the night in a snow storm, and they might run into a tree if they don’t know the roundabout is there,” Montalto said. “Plus, Dugan is a dark road.”

Public Works Director Anthony Speciale weighed in on the potential lighting issue.

“Currently, lighting is not in the budget, and the roundabout doesn’t require lighting,” he said.

Sjogren explained some of the benefits of putting in a roundabout rather than a stop light.

“Traditionally, you would signalize this intersection, but the rest of the day, people will have to stop if we put in a stop light,” he said. “With a roundabout, drivers won’t have to stop during an off peak. Also, accident rates plummet after the initial installment period. The reduced speeds in a roundabout help decrease accident severity and accidents in general.”

Residents interested in discussing the roundabout can attend an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Library, 125 Municipal Drive.

2 Comments

  1. Tim Wilson

    November 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I realize this is an IDOT proposal. This is about the stupidest thing I have ever seen. 90-95% of the traffic is heading westbound during the evening rush hour. There is no stop sign for that traffic. It flows just fine. A “round-a-bout” at Bucktail is ridiculous. It is an industrial park. 18 wheelers and Producers Chemical trucks navigating that would be a joke. There is no benefit for Sugar Grove in moving that intersection. Cars traveling south on Dugan past Granart are few and far between.

    On a related note, anyone notice the brand new guard rail at Route 30/Route 47 and Baseline? less then a few days old and already smashed. A monthly tradition at the least. How about a decent right turn lane there? 25 times the traffic and I would feel better knowing that since I now pay %5 state income tax, (*-You Pat Quinn!) that at least my money was going to something that made sense.

    How about a safe way for anyone living south of Route 30 to bike or walk to the commercial area, Jewel, McDonalds Subway? Lots of new bike paths and sidewalks if you live north of Route 56. Or better yet, A traffic light at Park and Route 47? I can’t count the near misses I have witnessed watching people turn left from Park. It is fact that there has been several accidents. Just saying.

  2. flywheel617

    November 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    There are more important issues on the Dugan Road itself. Ever drive on Dugan road north of Route 30? There are potholes all over and it unbearable to drive this way.

    Why not propose moving the traffic that turns on Granart to enter Granart from an area besides Dugan road, the bottleneck there is the short distance from turning from 30 to Granart.