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State should widen 'north' Route 47 first
As we reported last week, the Kendall County Board wants to have a say in how $100 million in funding formerly designated to help pay for the construction of the Prairie Parkway expressway through the county will be spent.
The board is currently seeking to meet with representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Highway Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to discuss using the funds to widen and improve Ill. Route 47.
We believe the funds should be allocated to widen the highway from Prairie Street in Sugar Grove south to Kennedy Road in Yorkville.
Discussing the use of the funds for Route 47 last week, Board Chairman John Shaw voiced support for a pending plan to use the money to improve the section of the highway south of Yorkville extending towards Morris. Other board members, however, voiced support for using the funds to widen the highway from Yorkville north to Sugar Grove.
While we understand Shaw's desire to advocate for residents in the southern half of the county, we believe there is no question the funds should be spent to improve the highway between Yorkville and Sugar Grove first. IDOT's own traffic volume counts show that traffic volume on Route 47 north of Yorkville is three times what it is in the southern portion of the county. According to IDOT, the average daily traffic volume on Route 47 at Galena Road in Yorkville was 16,400 in 2011 as compared to just 5,100 vehicles on the highway at Sherrill Road.