ELBURN – The intersection of Anderson Road and Route 38 meets the warrants for a fully signalized intersection, according to a recent traffic study conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The only problem is that there is no funding to pay for it.
Elburn Police Chief Nick Sikora said that the village was recently contacted by IDOT with the results of the traffic study. He said that although traffic conditions at Anderson Road and Route 38 are such that a fully signalized intersection is warranted, the project is not included in the department’s five-year plan.
The IDOT representative told Sikora that the intersection will be re-evaluated on an annual basis for a possible use of emergency allocation funds to pay for the signals. Sikora said that in the meantime, IDOT has already installed signs that say cross traffic does not stop.
When Anderson Road was extended south to Keslinger Road in December 2015 before the build-out of the Elburn Station development, Elburn residents reached out to village officials to ask for a traffic light at the intersection, citing safety concerns.
Village officials were informed at the time that there was not enough traffic to warrant a traffic signal at Anderson Road and Route 38. However, IDOT representatives said that when Shodeen’s development began to get built out, traffic would increase, leaving open the possibility for a signal in the future.
Construction began in Elburn Station in the fall of 2017.
Sikora said IDOT plans to install flashing yellow caution signs at the intersection in the near future to warn motorists of the potential safety issue.
Village President Jeff Walter said July 2 that he planned to call Illinois state Rep. Keith Wheeler to let him know the traffic signal is a priority for Elburn, and he encourages others to do the same.
Rep. Wheeler’s local office is at 959 Oak St. in North Aurora and his contact number is 630-345-3464.
Sikora also said that three locations within the Elburn Station development have been identified for the placement of stop signs. He recommended that the speed limit within Elburn Station be set at 25 mph, which is consistent with that throughout most village streets. He added that once the speed limit signs are installed, police officers can begin speed enforcement.
An ordinance to install the signs will come before the Village Board for approval at its next regularly scheduled meeting July 16.