Frankfort Township Set for New 25 MPH Speed Limit

After approval from the Will County Board, township highway department ready to drop speed limit to 25 miles per hour on many township streets.

Frankfort Township is about to see a reduction in the speed limit on several streets to 25 miles per hour.

New speed limit signs could be seen sometime in the next six weeks.

Cory Singer (R-District 1) said the drop in the township speed limit came about after a county study of traffic conditions and patterns by IDOT and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“At the request of the township, there were speed studies done on a number of roads,” Singer said. “The studies showed that we should lower the limits on those roads.”

Although township roads are owned and maintained by the township, the county oversees speed limits. The Will County Board approved the change for County Districts 1 and 2 on May 19.

Frankfort Township Highway Commissioner Bill Carlson said that after receiving calls from residents over speed concerns, his department decided to commission the studies for residents' safety. He said that in curb-and-gutter subdivisions the statutory limit is currently 30 mph.

“Those [limits] are set by State guidelines. Is it too fast? Most definitely,” he said.

One of the main areas of concern for residents is a stretch of  80th Avenue between St. Francis Road and North Avenue. Carlson said that he was hopeful to lower the limit eventually. Although he was unsure if the township would be able to because of the lack of driveways.

He said he is working with the county engineer to look into the matter and if approved, would submit the proper paper work to drop the limit to 25 mph as well.

Carlson said the limits cannot be lowered until he has a letter from the Will County Board legally approving the ordinance.

“I'm waiting for the letter for the approval for the rest of Frankfort Square and the rest of Arbury Hills,” he said. “When I get the letters of submittal we'll be able to put those signs up.”

He said that the process for posting the new signs should take about a month from the time the letter is received, which he expects in the next week or two.

nick June 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM
They might have to change the LOGO on the side of the police cars from: "To serve and protect" to "Fine and collect".
nick June 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Little by Little, small increments at a time this country has been going downhill for the last few decades.
Jeff Graveline June 23, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Dana, After looking at your comment, I put in a call to the Bill Carlson, the Frankfort Township Highway Commissioner. I asked him about the possibilities of a four-way stop at Acorn Ridge and Frankfort Square Road and he said that IDOT has done a study on the intersection and it does not meet the criteria for a four-way stop. Specifically, that there are not enough cars traveling through the intersection to warrant a four-way stop. Also, he said that the township can't add stop signs or other roadway signs to township roads without IDOT approval, which is why that intersection and several others in the township aren't four-way stops. - Jeff Graveline
Dee Miller June 24, 2011 at 05:13 AM
I could be mistaken... but I thought that would need a 3-way stop sign there, not a 4-way. Like Dana said, only 2 more stop signs would need be purchased because one is already there. Not positive on this, but pretty sure.
Brad Van Wyk August 15, 2011 at 07:24 PM
If the will county sherriff's would spend less time "exchanging information" in the frankfort square elementary school parking lot and more time patroling it would go a great deal. I dont care one bit about the speed limit, but when three officers sit in one spot for over 90 minutes a day not a lot is getting accomplished. We have called in numerous times about the complete waste of tax dollars but we always get that they are exchanging information (i.e. coffee)


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