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Money for road, bridge work at Route 6, I-55 will be appropriated

State Sen. Pat McGuire
State Sen. Pat McGuire D-Joliet

CHANNAHON – State Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, shared some good news Monday evening with the Channahon Village Board.

The $22 million pledged for road and bridge work at the Route 6 and Interstate 55 interchange in April 2013 has been appropriated as part of the state’s $1.1 billion roads bill. The project is designed to make the interchange safer, less congested and more conducive to development. Construction could begin in two to five years.

Accidents are also down this summer at the I-55 construction area, which McGuire said is thanks in part to warning signage that extends farther out before the work. The decrease in accidents was confirmed by Channahon Police Chief Jeff Wold.

McGuire also shared some bad news: A lowered speed limit on the I-55 western frontage road requested by the village was not approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

A year ago, Wold asked if McGuire could help reduce the speed limit on the section of the road between Route 6 and Bluff Road while construction is proceeding on the interstate. Drivers are “leap-frogging” off the interstate at Route 6, Wold said, then jumping back on at Bluff. They tend to speed along the stretch, Wold said, at the same time local traffic and school buses are trying to navigate safely.

In other news, the Village Hall’s board room will receive an upgrade of new video equipment at a price not to exceed $20,000, from Tinley Park company AV Xpress. Trustees approved the action Monday.

Mike Petrick, the village’s new director of Community Development and Information Systems, said the technology in the room is more than a decade old, and some parts no longer work. Included in the purchase will be replacing the projection system with a large LCD display; replacing the ceiling-mounted televisions with larger LCD displays; a new touch screen interface and controller; as well as other devices and installation.

The resignation of police officer Mark Soustek also was approved with the go-ahead to the police chief to begin the testing process for a new officer. Soustek was recognized by the Village Board in 2011 for his contributions as an undercover officer with the narcotics squad of the Illinois Metropolitan Enforcement Group. Chief Wold said Soustek helped take thousands of dollars worth of narcotics and those dealing them off the street.

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