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Hoping for the best at Wolf's and Route 30 : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Hoping for the best at Wolf's and Route 30

We were somewhat surprised when the Oswego Village Board unanimously approved an annexation agreement and preliminary development plan for a Speedway gas station at the northeast corner of U.S. Route 30 and Wolf's Crossing Road this past week.

Located on a federal highway and a major east-west arterial road, the site is perfectly situated for a gas station and convenience store. We have no doubt the station will quickly become a significant source of new sales tax revenue for the village.

However, we remain concerned that the opening of the station will serve to further compound the existing traffic congestion issues at the intersection, which may lead to additional accidents.

If there is an intersection that is not ready for prime time when it comes to development it is Wolf's Crossing Road and Route 30. Left hand turn lanes are badly needed for traffic using Wolf's Crossing Road at the intersection and both roadways need to be widened to four lanes. The additional lanes, however, have yet to happen due to the prohibitive cost.

Village officials have noted the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which has jurisdiction over the intersection, has reviewed and approved the station's traffic access plan. Those plans call for Speedway to install right hand turn lanes to its property. In addition, the firm will also install sidewalks to allow pedestrians to safely access the station's convenience store.

In voting to approve the annexation and preliminary plans for the station, board members noted the station's development could serve as a catalyst for further development and improvements to the intersection. For the sake and safety of the motorists who are already enduring long waits at the intersection, we certainly hope they are right.

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