Village works to improve traffic signals, signs

2013-11-23T00:00:00Z Village works to improve traffic signals, signsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | Village officials have given their approval to contribute up to $10,000 toward the installation of LED lights at traffic signals on Illinois-maintained roads within the community.

Trustees voted 4-0 Monday for two measures — one that provides village approval for an Illinois Department of Transportation effort next year to improve the traffic signals and another that calls for some local funds to be used to pay for the project.

Most of the project will be paid for by state government, which estimates the upgrade of traffic signals in South Holland will cost about $200,000. But the village is only required to provide 5 percent of the total bill.

A measure approved by the Village Board calls for municipal government to pay no more than $10,000, although Village Engineer Pat Barker said the improvements are more likely to cost South Holland government about $7,500.

Barker said the work will involve replacing the bulbs in traffic signals on state-maintained roads with lights that are more energy-efficient.

She said she doubted many people would notice any significant difference in the traffic signals once they were improved come the spring of 2014.

But Barker said, “any change is considered a safety improvement.”

In other business, the Village Board voted to approve the conversion of 165th Street and Dobson Avenue from an intersection with stop signs for traffic going east and west to one with stop signs in all four directions.

“People were not slowing down the way they should” at the intersection, Village President Don De Graff said, adding that the Police Department conducted studies to determine the impact of increasing traffic signs at the intersection.

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