Montgomery city officials not happy with Route 30 plans
By Judy Pochel For Sun-Times Media August 23, 2013 11:42AM
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:39AM
MONTGOMERY — Montgomery officials don’t agree with what the state is planning to do with road improvements on Route 30, and they are not going to be shy about expressing their feelings.
The officials will be sending a letter to Springfield outlining their objections.
At issue is the first phase of a plan by the Illinois Department of Transportation on Route 30 from Route 47 to Route 31. The focal point deals with a proposed future highway cross-section that would involve movement of landscape buffers that have been built at numerous developments along Route 30.
Under state plans, the landscaping along the Foxmoor and Lakewood Creek West subdivisions would be taken out.
Village Engineer Pete Wallers said the village has an alternate proposal that would still result in the four-lane road but with a different use of space. Under the village plan, the center median for the project would be 18 feet wide, compared with the state proposal that has a 50-foot wide median.
Both plans call for the new four-lane roadway, but the village plan would rely on curb and gutter systems for storm drainage. The state plan would utilize nearly 200 feet for the creation of ditches for drainage on both sides of the expanded road.
With the village proposal, the landscaping would remain and still leave room for a 10-foot bike path and five-foot sidewalk along the road.
The engineer said looking into the future, the village proposal would be a better fit for the community while still allowing for a safe road that will accommodate the expected increase in traffic that would come with future growth in the area.
Realistically, he said, it will be years before the plan will actually reach the construction stage.
Also recently, trustees heard some very hopeful news regarding building activity within the village. Jamie Ludovic, assistant to the village administrator, released a new community development quarterly report that states building permits increased some 153 percent in July compared with a year ago. However, that number includes an estimated 25 permits taken out for roof repair after storm damage.