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Kane could drop Mill Creek speed limits to 25 mph

GENEVA – Drivers may not actually travel more slowly when moving around Mill Creek’s neighborhoods.

But the speed limit likely will be posted on all of that community’s streets soon.

Next week, the Kane County Board is scheduled to vote on a proposal to post speed limits of 25 mph on all streets in Mill Creek.

Mill Creek, Kane County’s largest unincorporated community, lies west of the boundaries of the city of Geneva, and is governed by the county through the Mill Creek Special Service Area board.

The county also provides police protection in the community that lies roughly between Keslinger Road and Fabyan Parkway in Blackberry and Geneva townships.

Kane County Board member Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, who represents Mill Creek on the County Board and who serves as chairman of the County Board’s Transportation Committee, said the speed limit reductions in Mill Creek are designed to standardize speeds in the community’s more than 100 streets.

The measure also is designed to clear up any misperceptions or legal ambiguities surrounding speed limits in Mill Creek.

Presently, Frasz said, most streets in Mill Creek have no posted speed limits. That means that, in theory, someone who is ticketed for speeding in Mill Creek could challenge the ticket based on the lack of posted speed limits on what is essentially a county road.

Frasz said Mill Creek’s streets were “intentionally designed” to be narrow and winding, and thus act to “calm traffic.”

“I don’t think most people are driving much faster than 25 mph now,” Frasz said. “So I don’t think most people will even notice it.”

Rather, Frasz said the speed limit reduction and posting effort will allow those driving in Mill Creek and Kane County Sheriff’s deputies patrolling the streets to know what the speed limit is, no matter what street they may be on.

Frasz said the sheriff’s office and township officials were in support of the proposal.

The County Board will meet Tuesday.

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