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A positive step on Wolf's Crossing Road : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
A positive step on Wolf's Crossing Road

As we reported last week the now former head of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Ann Schneider, met with Kendall County, Oswego, Oswego Township and other area governmental officials June 23 at Plank Junior High School in Oswego.

The topic for discussion at the meeting was the need for the widening and improvements to Wolf's Crossing Road in both Oswego and east of U.S. Route 30 in Aurora.

During the meeting Schneider-who resigned her job Monday amidst questioning over political hiring at IDOT-pledged to provide state funding for a regional transportation study that will include Wolf's Crossing Road. She said the study would help determine the extent and cost of the needed improvements.

We view Schneider's offer to put up state funds to help pay for an initial study as a positive first step on what will most certainly be a long journey to improve Wolf's Crossing Road.

State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, should be commended for securing Schneider's attendance at the meeting. Since Plank Junior High School is located just north of Wolf's Crossing Road, Schneider was able to see first-hand the need for additional lanes and other improvements along the busy road. Hopefully, she'll convey what she saw to her successor at the agency.

Area residents should also be appreciative of the efforts put forth by Kendall County Board members Scott Gryder and Lynn Cullick in bringing representatives from all of the affected government agencies into one room for the second time in less than two months to discuss how the road can be improved.

The group is scheduled to hold a follow-up meeting in August.

Wolf's Crossing Road's location in multiple governmental jurisdictions means any improvements that are completed will require a concerted and continued effort by all of the affected government agencies, including the Village of Oswego, Oswego Township, City of Aurora and IDOT. So far that is happening and we certainly hope it continues.

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