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More lanes needed at Rt. 30, Wolf's Crossing : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
More lanes needed at Rt. 30, Wolf's Crossing
3/27/2014

We agree with representatives of Speedway, Inc. that the firm's proposed gas station and convenience store at the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and Wolf's Crossing Road in Oswego will not serve to attract still more traffic to the intersection. Gas stations and convenience stores usually are not destination places. Instead, motorists stop at gas stations to buy gas and convenience items while en route to somewhere else.

However, we do believe that constructing a gas station and convenience store at the already traffic-snarled intersection without the installation of a dedicated left turn lane on Wolf's Crossing Road adjoining the station site would serve to only exacerbate the existing traffic back-up problem.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the agency which has jurisdiction over the intersection, has given the green light to Speedway's plan for the project. That plan calls for the installation of a right-hand turn lane for westbound traffic on Wolf's Crossing Road and another right turn lane and access drive on U.S. Route 30 at the north end of the property.

Over the past decade traffic at the intersection has increased significantly due to residential development east of Route 30 in Aurora and to the west of the highway in Oswego. Certainly the construction of three nearby schools (Oswego East, Bednarcik Jr. High School and Wolf's Crossing Elementary School) has added to the traffic congestion.

Due to scarce funding, the intersection is likely to remain in its current condition for many years to come. As a result, the daily traffic back-ups that now occur on Wolf's Crossing Road at Route 30 will most certainly continue as traffic volume increases. In considering plans for the gas station or any other developments at the intersection, the Oswego Village Board must make certain those developments don't aggravate the existing traffic problem. Speedway's plan to install a right-hand turn lane on Wolf's Crossing Road is a good first step, but another step needs to be taken in the form of a left hand turn lane.

We believe approving a gas station at the intersection without a left turn lane on Wolf's Crossing Road adjoining the station site would serve to add to the traffic back-ups and increase the possibility for accidents.




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