Kendall Board will still vote on controversial roundabout
By Steve Lord email@example.com August 23, 2013 12:02PM
Kendall County is thinking about putting a roundabout at this intersection in Plano. | Steve Lord~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:39AM
YORKVILLE — Although they did not do it at the last meeting, the full County Board will take another vote on whether or not to build a roundabout in Plano.
The board recently, but did not vote on the issue. That’s because members of the board’s Highway Committee are going to discuss it further at their Sept. 10 meeting.
On the table is the possibility of building a roundabout at the corner of Little Rock and Creek roads.
The deliberate pace is because the issue is complicated, and there has been a lot of comment and there are many people involved, said County Board Chairman John Shaw. The issue involves Kendall County, the city of Plano and Little Rock Township.
“There are three governmental bodies involved,” Shaw said. “It will be brought to the fore soon.”
The Kendall County Highway Department has been studying the future of Little Rock and Creek roads for several years. As time went on, the engineer studying the intersection recommended a roundabout as the best solution for handling traffic now and in the future.
The roundabout would be cheaper than a fully signalized intersection, and safer, engineers said. But the cost still is estimated at $650,000, and some residents and board members said the county might be able to do a cheaper alternative, such as making it a four-way stop.
The city of Plano and Little Rock Township have endorsed the roundabout project.
Earlier this month, the board vote on building the roundabout was 5-5, which meant it failed. But the board immediately voted to reconsider the 5-5 vote so it could hold a public hearing on the project. That came last week.