The Crystal Lake City Council heard about a slew of potential projects meant to improve traffic that city staff currently is considering at its meeting Tuesday night.
These include installing mini-roundabouts at three intersections of Golf Course Road at Waterford/Concord, Alexandra Boulevard and Village Road; installing a sidewalk and upgrading the traffic signal along Main Street near Congress Parkway; and installing a new traffic signal or full roundabout at the Three Oaks Road/ Lutter Drive/Sands Road, intersection, among others.
Many of the traffic improvements being made came out of various safety concerns that staff noticed or that were brought to them by residents, city engineer Abby Wilgreen said.
These concerns included angle crashes and speeding at the Golf Course Road; the lack of a safe pedestrian crossing at the Shopping Center Back Entrance at Main Street; and traffic flow and access at the intersection of Three Oaks Road, Lutter Drive and Sands Road. These concerns included rear-end crashes on Lutter Drive.
All of these possible future projects, and other ones talked about at the meeting, are eligible to be submitted for grant funding.
The Three Oaks Road/Lutter Drive/Sands Road intersection improvement would potentially cost the city $400,000 to $500,000 with a grant award. The other projects talked about at the meeting could be anywhere from up to $30,000, (for traffic calming measures at Berkshire Drive) to up to $450,000 for the construction of a full roundabout at Crystal Lake Avenue/Walkup Avenue/Grant Street.
As the projects move through the process, more detailed estimates of cost will be established, according to a supplement document to the agenda.
Wilgreen said the next steps for city staff on some of these projects is to start applying for the grants. For other projects, they will have to do some more homework before submitting a grant application, Wilgreen said.
One traffic improvement project that was looked favorably upon by the council was putting a traffic signal on Main Street by the Three Oaks Drive Recreation Area Entrance.
Wilgreen said they do have pedestrian crossing there now, with overhead, rectangular rapid flashing beacons. However, Wilgreen said that there have been issues with people not stopping like they are supposed to at these beacons, so they wanted to install a full traffic signal.
Council member Ralph Dawson said though he liked the idea of putting a traffic signal because of people he sees in the area “flying down Main Street.”
“Fifty percent of the cars don’t stop,” he said. “[They] scare the hell out of me.”