IDOT Rt. 12 and Case Road Safety Project Initiative

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In March 2019, I requested and obtained all crash data from the Wauconda Police Department and the State of Illinois, specifically for the Rt. 12 & Case Road vicinity.  After accumulating and preparing this data, I formally submitted a request to IDOT for a safety study to be conducted and received a confirmation acknowledging that a review would be performed. 

I received a response from IDOT on August 19, 2019 (refer to Response #1), stating although a traffic control device was not warranted at this location, they did agree that a safety project at this location was needed.  Unfortunately, the funding for this project was not available in the Department’s fiscal year 2019-2024 budget. 

I sent a follow-up to IDOT on October 5, 2020, and now have been told that funding will not be available for this safety initiative in their 2021-2026 proposed highway improvement program (refer below to Response #2).

How many more serious injuries and deaths will take place from now to 2026 when improvements can easily mitigate them?  Action needs to be taken now.

Response #1 from IDOT on August 19, 2019

From: DOT.D1Webmail3 <DOT.D1Webmail3@Illinois.gov>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019, 1:53 PM
To: lornik@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Web Email from Cheryl Falk-Novak - #118720

This is a follow-up to your inquiry regarding the intersection of US Route 12 and Case Road.  A review of the crash history is complete.

From 2013 through available 2018, there were 43 reported crashes at the intersection with 36 resulting in property damage only.  The predominant crash type is Rear End crashes with 29 total.  In 2018, the Department conducted a traffic signal warrant study to determine if a change in traffic control was warranted.  The study determined that the intersection did not meet any of the applicable warrants for installation of a traffic signal.  The Department is monitoring the intersection due to ongoing development in the area.  As additional development occurs, the Department will conduct additional traffic studies to determine if a change in traffic control is warranted at that time.

The Department is recommending a safety project to install paved shoulders and shoulder rumble strips along US Route 12 from north of Old McHenry Road to IL Route 59 located north of IL Route 134.  Included in the scope of the project is lengthening of the northbound left turn lane along US Route 12 at Case Road to accommodate additional storage of vehicles waiting to turn left onto Case Road.  Funding for this improvement is currently not included in the Department’s Fiscal Year 2019 to 2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  Consideration will be given to alternative funding sources such as the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).  The HSIP funds are federal funds identified specifically to provide low cost, quickly implemented improvements intended to enhance highway safety.  In the event that this location does not qualify for HSIP funding, the Department will consider this improvement for inclusion in future Highway Improvement Programs but it will need to compete with other regional needs.

Response #2 from IDOT on October 14, 2020

From: DOT.D1Webmail3 <DOT.D1Webmail3@Illinois.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:46 PM
To: lornik@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Web Email from Cheryl Falk-Novak - #118720

This is in response to your inquiry regarding the Department’s proposed project to install paved shoulders and shoulder rumble strips along US Route 12 from north of Old McHenry Road to IL Route 59 located north of IL Route 134 and lengthen the northbound left turn lane along US Route 12 at Case Road.  Funding for this improvement is currently not included in the Department’s Fiscal Year 2021 to 2026 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  Alternative funding sources such as the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) have not yet been identified but are being pursued.  As stated previously, HSIP funds are federal funds identified specifically to provide low cost, quickly implemented improvements intended to enhance highway safety.  In the event that this location does not qualify for HSIP funding, the Department will consider this improvement for inclusion in future Highway Improvement Programs but it will need to compete with other regional needs.