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State to pay for_Wolf's Crossing Rd. upgrade study : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
State to pay for_Wolf's Crossing Rd. upgrade study
IDOT chief meets with local officials

by Tony Scott


The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will pay for a regional transportation study that includes looking at potential improvements to Wolf's Crossing Road in Oswego, the state transportation secretary told local officials at a meeting Monday afternoon.

This was the second in a series of meetings on the future of Wolf's Crossing that included officials from the Village of Oswego, Oswego School District, Kendall County, Oswego Township, as well as state legislators, and a handful of local property owners and developers.

The group is aiming to figure out the best way to improve the two-lane road, which connects schools and several subdivisions to two highways - U.S. Route 34 and U.S. Route 30.

Kendall County Board members Lynn Cullick and Scott Gryder, both Oswego residents, have coordinated the meetings.

Among those attending the meeting were Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq, Oswego Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt, Kendall County Board Chairman John Shaw, Bill Wiet of the City of Aurora, as well as state legislators Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, and a representative for Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego.

At the previous meeting, Holmes said she would get in contact with Ann Schneider, secretary of transportation, and ask her to meet with the group. Scheider, along with a host of engineers and other IDOT officials, showed up to Monday's meeting.

Schneider told the group following a discussion that IDOT would pay for a regional transportation study that would include Wolf's Crossing Road.

The study would help determine what improvements are needed to the road, cost, and other factors, she said.

Cullick said the group would be able to put together a subset of representatives to meet with IDOT officials and discuss the plan. The larger group will next meet in August.

Steve Jones, Oswego village engineer, said a "real general" transportation study for the area was completed "a number of years ago."

"Ultimately, they looked at five-lanes as probably being the solution (for Wolf's Crossing)," he said. "We don't know. We don't have the data. Wikaduke is obviously a consideration; there were no traffic counts done. So we're in a phase where we really need to figure out what's the next step. Is it a three-lane cross-section? Is it intersection improvements at various points? Is it a five-lane cross-section?"

Jones said it's a "fact-finding" mission at this point, and that the village hopes to "move forward with participation from the various stakeholders."

Schneider asked if IDOT should "look for some resources to fund a formalized transportation study for this area?"

Jones said that would "certainly be something that would be useful."

Jones said, for example, that the village can't apply for certain grants because they haven't completed a phase one study.

"Some sort of a regional transportation study would certainly be a part of that process, and would provide us the necessary data to at least start to eliminate or narrow some of the areas that we venture into," he said.

Schneider said the agency has "planning dollars we can use for this type of study."

"We can get something started on that pretty quick," she said.

John Fortmann, region one engineer for IDOT, said there will be additional turn lanes at the intersection of Wolf's Crossing and Route 30 as part of the future Speedway gas station development.

"That should help improve that situation (at the intersection)," he said.

Another issue discussed at the April meeting was taking funds that had been planned for a Heggs Road and Route 30 intersection, and moving those to a future Eola Road and Route 30 intersection as part of the Wikaduke Trail corridor route.

"I can tell you that we're certainly in agreement with that," Schneider said Monday. "I appreciate that the communities brought that to our attention."

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