Extra lanes should make Route 30 safer : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Extra lanes should make Route 30 safer
As we reported last week, Montgomery and Oswego Police were scheduled to participate in a crackdown on speeding motorists along U.S. Route 30 in the two villages yesterday, Aug. 8.
Police in neighboring Will County were also participating in the event.
The stepped up enforcement effort was intended to remind motorists that speed does indeed kill and to drive no faster than the posted speed limit.
Since it opened in 1959, the former Route 30 Bypass between U.S. Route 34 and Ill. Route 47 in the two villages has a justifiably earned reputation as a dangerous stretch of highway. Unfortunately, the highway has lived up to its reputation over the past few months as police and area fire departments have responded to multiple fatal accidents along the highway between Route 34 to the east and Gordon Road to the west.
We are hopeful that the accident toll will slow significantly in the next few years when contractors for IDOT will widen the highway to five lanes and install a raised center median to separate the east and westbound lanes between Goodwin Drive and Briarcliff Road. Also as part of the project, IDOT will have contractors rebuild the Route 30-Ill. Route 31 interchange making it more safe for motorists to get on and off the two highways.
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials have said construction could start as soon as this fall, but based on our experience in watching other local IDOT projects we look for work to start next spring or summer. When completed in about two years the extra lanes should help reduce the daily traffic back-ups and make the highway safer for the growing number of motorists who use it. If more motorists would abide by the posted speed limit, the highway would become even more safe.