SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday hosted an informal road improvement open house at the Sugar Grove Public Library.
The open house was in regard to the village’s road improvement research for Dugan Road and Route 30, as well as a two-lane roundabout that would connect Route 30, Granart Road and Bucktail Lane. Map displays for the roundabout and a video that explained the proper usage of a roundabout were available during the open house.
Sugar Grove Village Board members and employees from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) were available to answer questions from the public during the open house event.
“Right now we are performing studies on Dugan and US Route 30 intersection to find out where to resurface, reconstruct and add lanes,” said Marty Marsey, IDOT project manager for Dugan and Route 30. “We are also performing a study on Route 47 to Route 30 to foresee the construction needs depending on the future traffic flow.”
Village residents in attendance milled around the room and commented on the construction plans.
“I live on Granart Road, so these plans are of interest to me. I think if the roundabout will help, than they should go for it,” village resident Karen Forsell said. “Some days, I have to allow myself twice as much time when traveling to work, because I usually have to sit through three-to-four traffic lights right now.”
Village trustee Bob Bohler mentioned resident concerns regarding the train crossing near the would-be roundabout.
“I informed (the residents) that we haven’t seen the final plans, but we know that the progress in the roundabout will stop when a train comes through on the tracks,” Bohler said. “I think the roundabout is being accepted really well. I didn’t hear a negative comment.”
Village trustee Kevin Geary mentioned that other residents had ideas about creating an overpass over the train tracks.
“A couple of residents suggested that we could put in a bridge over the train tracks if the funds are available,” Geary said. “They didn’t think the roundabout would be a long term solution and that we needed an overpass.”