County drops speed limit on most roads in Aurora Township
By Matt Brennan For The Beacon-News December 18, 2012 12:26PM
Updated: December 20, 2012 9:18AM
Drivers in Aurora Township and four other locations around Kane County may be forced to slow down in the coming months.
The transportation committee approved a reduction in speed limit on roughly 140 side streets in Aurora Township. That means the speed limit will drop in about 80 percent of the township’s streets.
The streets that had been at 30 miles per hour will now be 25 miles per hour.
Kane County Deputy Director of Transportation Tom Rickert said the new speed makes sense because it will be uniform with city of Aurora streets, which are 25 mph.
The streets are located on both the east and west sides of town, and are mainly side streets. Kane County Transportation Director Carl Schoedel said that the adjustments would help create uniformity, so the sheriff does not need to look through 16 local township ordinances to determine speed limits.
In addition to the Aurora Township adjustments, the transportation committee approved a speed reduction from 55 to 45 miles per hour in Blackberry Township along a 500 foot stretch of Pouley Road near a railroad crossing; a reduction from 45 to 35 miles per hour for 500 feet west of the South Elgin city limits along McDonald Road; a reduction from 55 to 30 miles per hour along several roads in the unincorporated Cataoga 2 subdivision in Elgin Township; and a reduction in speed limit from 55 to 30 miles per hour along several roads in the Timber Ridge and Big Timber Acres subdivisions in Rutland Township.
The changes will need to be approved by the full county board in January.