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Crystal Lake to install illuminated street signs

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 3:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 3:17 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake will begin a six-year plan to install illuminated street signs throughout the Route 14 corridor and Main Street and Congress Parkway intersection.

The plan, originally discussed during budget workshops the past two years, is meant to assist visitors in finding key intersections as they travel in night time conditions. Illuminated street name signs were previously installed at the Congress Parkway and Pingree Road intersection in 2012 – a preview that has gone well, said city engineer Abigail Wilgreen.

McHenry County has also installed some illuminated signs on Rakow Road and the practice is becoming more common throughout the state, Wilgreen said.

Crystal Lake's plan will begin with signs being installed at two intersections alongMain Street: the Route 14 intersection and Congress Parkway intersection. The rest of the signs will be installed during the next six years.

The project will cost the city $31,945 in motor fuel tax money. Wilgreen said there is no additional cost for maintenance with illuminated signs compared to traditional signs.

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