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Hearing a good start for Montgomery Road
With the long-awaited reconstruction and widening of Orchard Road in Montgomery now complete, the Kane County Division of Transportation (KDOT) is turning its attention on its other highway within village limits: Montgomery Road.
This past week KDOT officials convened a public hearing in the community room at village hall to solicit public comments concerning the proposed reconstruction and possible widening of Montgomery Road between South East River Road (Ill. Route 25) and Hill Avenue.
Like most area arterial roads, traffic volume on Montgomery Road has increased dramatically over the past several years due to population growth in the village and adjoining communities. The two-lane road now serves as a major east-west route through the village's east side into Aurora. Since the road lacks turn lanes at major intersections, traffic back-ups have become increasingly common, especially during morning and evening rush hour periods.
Another long-standing issue is stormwater drainage along the road. The existing drainage ditches that adjoin the road have long been inadequate to handle the stormwater run-off. The end result has been the frequent flooding of some properties adjoining or near the road.
KDOT officials were quick to point out that last week's hearing was just the start of the planning process for a better Montgomery Road. Actual construction, they said, is likely years away and is dependent upon funding
We're pleased KDOT has put Montgomery Road on its radar for improvements and even more pleased that so many area residents turned out to offer their comments and to ask questions about the project.
We would remind all concerned that a decade ago the village had a sub-area plan completed of the Montgomery Road corridor which the village board later adopted as part of the village's 2002 comprehensive plan. The sub-area plan contains numerous and potentially useful recommendations on how the Montgomery Road corridor could be improved. Village officials should make sure KDOT is aware of those recommendations for possible inclusion in their engineering plans.
Due to its location, Montgomery Road is among the most important roads in the village. The improvements-when they finally occur-should help to significantly improve traffic flow and safety on the village's east side, which should also benefit the many adjoining businesses.