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Randall, Kirk roads targeted for safety improvements

GENEVA – Kane County’s plans to make a stretch of Randall Road and a spot on Kirk Road safer should be one step closer to fruition next week.

As part of its consent agenda Tuesday, the Kane County Board is expected to approve items related to improvements on Randall Road between Fabyan Parkway and Silver Glen Road and on Kirk Road at the Illinois Prairie Path in Geneva.

Steve Coffinbargar, assistant director of transportation, said the county anticipates to go out to bid this summer for the Kirk Road enhancements, which include pedestrian crossing warning lights.

The estimated cost is just short of $100,000 and will be split between Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program funds (56 percent) and the county (44 percent), according to county documents.

“We hope to get this project constructed this year,” Coffinbargar said, noting nothing is guaranteed.

The Randall Road project will affect 16 intersections from the Geneva-Batavia border to the St. Charles Township-South Elgin border. Documents indicate the planned enhancements include rumble stripes and strips; pavement marking and painting improvements; signs that show drivers their speed; and flashing yellow left-turn arrows.

With such a traffic signal, motorists would have the right of way with a solid green arrow but would have to yield before turning left when flashing yellow. A steady yellow arrow would retain its meaning that motorists should prepare to stop.

The Transportation Committee last month discussed the need to educate motorists about the new turn arrows. Coffinbargar said a public involvement process is being finalized.

He said the project should also go out to bid this year.

The total cost is estimated at about $1.7 million, but 90 percent will be funded by Highway Safety Improvement Program money.

Coffinbargar described it as using a small local fund source to leverage a lot more in improvements.

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