SUGAR GROVE TOWNSHIP – An intersection that has been the scene of several recent accidents, including a fatal accident on Sept. 9, received temporary safety improvements with more permanent measures to follow from the Kane County Division of Transportation, according to an email from Traffic and Permit Engineer Lydia Benda.
KDOT investigated the intersection in September according to Federal and State Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Guidelines. The Sept. 9 fatal crash – where Yonathan M. Contreras Chapa of Bartlett was pronounced dead at the scene – is what started the investigation into the intersection’s safety, according to Benda.
“As a result, staff recommended the installation of an all-way stop at the intersection of Harter Road and Scott Road,” Benda stated in an email. “Preliminary measures were completed by the end of September to enhance the visibility of the Scott Road stop approaches while in the process of installing an all-way stop traffic control.”
In late September, four different preliminary measures were put into place while more permanent measures are being prepared, according to Benda. Preliminary measures included installing three sets of transverse rumble strips on the Scott Road approaches; additional stop signs on both sides of Scott Road; stop ahead pavement markings on Scott Road on both sides of the intersection; and a mounted solar-powered red flasher, which will be removed once an overhead flashing beacon is installed.
Permanent all-way stop measures include stop signs and stop bars for all four legs of the intersection, with associated stop ahead signage and pavement markings; the overhead four-way flashing red beacon; and three sets of transverse rumble strips on each of the four approaches, according to Benda.
Poles to support the flashing red beacon have already been put into place, according to Benda. But work still needs to be done at the intersection.
“We are still waiting on some electrical connections and the installation is somewhat dependent on the weather,” Benda said, adding that she expects the improvements to be finished by early December.