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Route 30 plans a good start : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Route 30 plans a good start

All the new concrete hasn't even been poured on the new, four lane U.S. Route 30 between Briarcliff Road and Goodwin Drive in Montgomery and Oswego, but state highway officials have begun planning for the widening of the highway west of Ill. Route 31 to Ill. Route 47 in Montgomery.

As we reported last week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) hosted a public hearing on their preliminary plans for the much-needed project at Montgomery Village Hall July 30.

We liked what we saw of the two plans currently under consideration. Both call for the replacement of the existing two lane pavement with four lanes of new pavement separated by a landscaped center median. Both plans also call for the installation of a sidewalk on one side of the highway and a bike path on the opposite side.

Though the hearing has come and gone, area residents can view the project plans and offer their comments on a website set up for the project by IDOT. The website can be found at:

Over the next few months IDOT officials are expected to select a preferred design from the two now under consideration. That preferred design will be subject to a follow-up public hearing this winter or early next spring. News of the date and time for the hearing will be published in the Ledger-Sentinel.

We're certain that many area residents-especially those living in the many subdivisions along Route 30 west of Orchard Road in Montgomery-are pleased that IDOT is moving forward with their plans to improve the highway. The additional lanes are already badly needed to improve safety and traffic flow on Route 30 between Goodwin Drive and Ill. Route 31.

However, we would remind residents that actual construction is likely years off. IDOT will be seeking federal highway funds to pay for most of the multi-million dollar project. However, those federal highway funds are extremely limited. As we reported two weeks ago, the current Congress was unable to approve a multi-year federal highway funding bill last month and instead passed a stop-gap measure that will last only until next spring. If federal funds are to one day be obtained to improve Route 30, it will require a continuing and concerted lobbying effort by village officials with the support of state lawmakers and local congressmen.

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