Waubonsee seeks traffic signal to improve entrance safety
Sugar Groveâ€”Waubonsee Community College is pursuing the installation of a traffic signal at its north entrance following a review of the final report of the April 14 traffic accident that claimed the life of two students.
The college received the final report from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) stemming from the accident at the collegeâ€™s Route 47 north entrance. The report outlined the safety measures enacted since the accident, reviewed possible safety enhancements, and ultimately determined a traffic signal is permissible at the collegeâ€™s Sugar Grove Campus north entrance.
â€œWith the assistance and permission of IDOT, we are now able to pursue the installation of a traffic signal at the collegeâ€™s north entrance,â€ Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said. â€œWe believe, and IDOT concurs, that this will significantly increase the safety of the entrance for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.â€
Since the accident, IDOT has installed intersection warning signs with flashing beacons for both northbound and southbound traffic.
The traffic signal project is eligible for federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds, and Waubonsee is working with IDOT to finalize this source to fund the majority of the project expenses.