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Route 47 plans

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 9:19 a.m. CST

Attending my third Route 47 meeting, I was astounded to learn that IDOT is considering adding four to six roundabouts for traffic flow. Visit www.IL47woodstockstudy.com. They want to understandably widen Route 47 to four lanes from Route 14 to Charles Road.

As one enters Woodstock, there are two lanes that quickly narrow to one lane. I was told that adding left turn lanes would take up more property than a roundabout. I can’t believe that left turn lanes would take up more.

Also, they want to add sidewalks to both sides of the highway along that route, which I can understand. But who’s going to maintain snow removal on public property? The same ones who shovel the sidewalk out to Wal-Mart? No one does.

Once one is clear of the intersection of Judd Street, Irving Avenue and Route 47, the traffic congestion lessens a great deal. In fact, when you get north of the Route 120 and Route 47 intersection, traffic flows quite well.

I was told because of all the housing developments at the north end of town, the traffic is congested.

I live along that corridor and find traffic only a little heavy in the morning for those going to the courthouse or the schools when they’re in session, and at the end of the work day for about half an hour.

Two questions: I wasn’t clear about the enclosed tunnel over the tracks for civilian traffic? Where’s the money coming from?

Judy A. Connor


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