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Several signs may be soon sought

Viability of adding signage along Route 6 corridor to be studied through CEDC effort

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:05 a.m. CDT

CHANNAHON — Signs with directions to such public village locations as the library, post office, schools, the village hall, and the forest preserve and state park may be in the works for Channahon.

The village board at its March meeting approved spending $9,500 plus expenses not to exceed $500 to hire Hitchcock Design Group to prepare a signage study for the Route 6 corridor.

Organized by the Channahon Economic Development Corporation, the design group will look into wayfinding signage, message board signs, primary entrance signs, secondary entrance signs and other “unifying elements that strengthen Channahon’s identity.”

The firm will seek input from CEDC and the village board on sign style preferences, bringing examples of what other communities have done, then determining strategy for sign placement.

The project was to begin in March and could take around a month to complete. The Illinois Department of Transportation will need to approve the signs, trustees were told, but if all goes well, signage could be in place by the fall.

Village trustees also approved renewing a rock salt contract with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services at a price of $53.71/ton. The price is the same as it was this past year.

Channahon will purchase 900 tons.

The CMS urges local governments to order early to help prevent salt shortages.

Trustees also approved a contract with Strand Associates in the amount of $5,727 for a design survey of Dove Drive, between Sunset Drive and Route 6, with the goal of eventual reconstruction and widening.

According to Channahon’s Director of Public Works, Ed Dolezal, the section of road is about 20-feet wide with stone shoulders. It’s a rural design using ditches for drainage, with no curbs.

Considering the increase in traffic to and from Channahon Junior High School and the park district’s recreational facility adjacent to the school since the road was designed, Dolezal told trustees, widening it to current village standards would improve traffic flow and safety.

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