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Vote on Rt. 30, Wolf's Crossing gas station agreement tabled : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Vote on Rt. 30, Wolf's Crossing gas station agreement tabled
Residents voice concerns over traffic; Oswego Board wants more information

by John Etheredge

3/20/2014


The Oswego Village Board voted Tuesday to table a vote on a propopsed annexation, rezoning and preliminary development agreement for a Speedway gas station and convenience store at the northeast corner of U.S. Route 30 and Wolf's Crossing Road.

The board vote capped a nearly two hour long public hearing during which several Aurora residents voiced multiple concerns over the project, including its potential negative impact on traffic at the intersection.

Responding to the residents' comments, board members said they wanted additional information from Speedway, the City of Aurora and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). IDOT has jurisdiction over the intersection.

Board member Terry Michels suggested village officials meet at the site with representatives of IDOT, Aurora and Speedway to further discuss the project and see the traffic conditions.

Referring to the existing traffic situation at the intersection, Michels said, "It stinks, it's a terrible intersection."

The project plans call for the construction of a 4,600 square foot convenience store with gas pumps that will serve both passenger vehicles and semi-trucks.

During the public hearing, Speedway officials told the board and residents the traffic plan for the project has been designed to meet IDOT requirements. The improvements, they noted, would include the installation of a right-hand turn lane for westbound traffic on Wolf's Crossing Road, adjoining the station site.

Residents, however, expressed concern the station will serve to aggravate the existing traffic congestion problem at the intersection. The residents also noted the intersection-situated near three Oswego School District schools-is the site of frequent accidents.

Residents also questioned why Speedway was not proposing to install additional left hand turn lanes on Wolf's Crossing Road at the intersection as part of the project to help improve traffic flow.

One of the residents, Shelley Perez asked Speedway officials and the village board to consider an alternate location.

In a press release issued Monday, the residents proposed Speedway construct the gas station and convenience store on a vacant parcel at the northwest corner of Route 30 and Treasure Drive.

According to Aurora's 9th Ward Alderman Edward Bugg, the proposed alternate site is for sale and fully improved to accommodate truck traffic.

Perez told board members the proposed alternate site at Route 30 and Treasure Drive is a "no-brainer" and would be the best use for the property.

Perez suggested the village could use incentives or sales tax rebates to encourage Speedway to consider the alternate site.

In the press release, the residents restated their objections to the proposed Wolf's Crossing Road and Route 30 site for the gas station.

"Wolf's Crossing Road is a main bus route for over six area schools, including two schools across the street from the site and Oswego East High school," a portion of the press release reads, adding, "It is proposed that tractor trailers will exit the gas station into heavy bus traffic and will further congest this already dangerous intersection."

Residents are also concerned that Speedway will sell alcoholic beverages at the convenience store, "approximately 125 feet from the junior high and grade school property."

The proposed alternate site at Treasure Drive is located less than one-third of a mile north on Route 30 from the Wolf's Crossing Road site.

The residents noted the Treasure Drive site is "larger and in close proximity to the current site; does not have traffic congestion issues; is not a main school bus route; and is not located near schools or parks.

Bugg noted the village continued its consideration of the Speedway project for the past six months at the request of Speedway.

Speedway, Bugg continued, has since submitted a revised plan for the project to the village board and the residents' proposal for an alternate site is their response to the revised plan.




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