JOLIET – A Will County committee moved forward on a proposal for a traffic signal at a Romeoville shopping plaza that drew concerns from the county’s transportation and legal staff.
The village of Romeoville requested the county board allow for the installation of a mid-block traffic signal on Weber Road at the Romeo Town Center shopping plaza, which would help with the development of a CVS store. The plaza is home to a former Dominick’s store and gas station.
But the county’s state’s attorney’s office and division of transportation raised several issues with the proposal, saying there were a number of legal and liability concerns and that it did not meet engineering standards.
On Tuesday, the issue came before the Will County Public Works and Transportation Committee, which passed a motion to move the request forward to the county’s Executive Committee. County board member Donald Moran, D-Romeoville, voted present. All other members in attendance voted in favor of the motion.
County board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, was the most vocal proponent for the request, saying the county should do what it can to help Romeoville economically.
“To me, this thing is a no-brainer,” he said.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak said planned improvements to Weber Road and Interstate 55 would further restrict access to Romeo Town Center on Weber Road and 135th Street.
That would impact the plans of Shiner Group – owner of the property – to redevelop it and bring in new businesses, leading to further difficulties for developments along the Weber Road corridor, Noak said.
“We have to look at the whole picture,” Noak said.
Shiner Group proposed the installation of a traffic signal, which the developer would pay for, but it requires authorization from the county board. The proposal did not meet the standards of the county’s transportation department or state’s attorney’s office.
“This spot is truly unique, that’s true, but to sacrifice the engineering standards for one instance, that’s something this department isn’t willing to accept,” said Jeff Ronaldson, county transportation director and engineer.
County board member Cory Singer, R-Frankfort, said the proposal isn’t perfect but the county has faced many situations where “something is either not warranted or certainly not perfect but we did it anyway because it was the best option.”