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Plainfield Trustees to Get Update on Lockport Street Bypass

Plus, headlines you may have missed.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Village trustees will get the latest on plans for the Lockport Street bypass Monday at a committee of the whole meeting.

Representatives of Strand Associates will discuss three possible alternatives for the project, progress to date with affected property owners and environmental and other considerations.

Last year, the village paid the Joliet-based firm $93,000 to conduct a feasibility study to analyze several potential routes to build a new road between Lockport Street and Route 126 and the proposed 143rd Street extension.

“It would be just west of Four Seasons Park, and there would be a new road that would connect Lockport Street and extend north to Route 126,” Director of Public Works Allen Persons told the board last year.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.

Headlines You May Have Missed

Larry Newton January 26, 2014 at 10:29 PM
I guess the Park District Commissioners didn't need to be informed about the status of this project either. Our Planning Department used to know about the DIRECT impacts to our property. Where's the report from Hitchcock Design?
Plainfield Independent January 27, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Larry - Doesn't the Village of Plainfield have a traffic committee? And does the Park District have any representation on the committee? If so, do you know who was on the committee? Didn't a Plainfield Village Trustee also work for several months at the Park District too? That's odd you wouldn't be informed of such important projects.
Tim January 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I would say plans for a brand new road, right next to one of the largest parks in the district is a rather large plan. Who was it that axed the planning department at the PTPD again? The name slips my mind... Nobody at the village even thought to mention this to the park district board? It would be interesting to read the village meeting minutes where this was voted on, and see if it was ever taken into consideration, or if there were any plans to work with other government bodies that would be impacted.
Vicky Polito January 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM
I was just thinking the same thing as I reviewed the board agenda for tonight. This is a big project and it used to be that the PTPD was very in the loop, part of the action, etc. whenever such things were going on and could inform not just the board but of course the residents. FYI--if you can't make it to this meeting, you can watch it on cable access channel 6 tonight. And, while recording it is sort of a convoluted series of steps (at least via my Comcast DVR) it's doable so that if you don't have time tonight you can watch later. (That said, some nights the transmission/feed to television is really poor quality.)
Larry Newton January 27, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Just to be clear, we've had discussions about this project for many years. However, we haven't gotten an update on this for over a year. I had no idea, until I read this illegitimate source of public information, that the Village was getting an update on the project. Cameron used to give us details at each meeting. I guess that isn't in Hitchcock's contract.
Tim January 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Larry, Thanks for the clarification. I hope it is just a matter of scheduling at the release of the report, and the PTPD board will be informed of this shortly.
Vicky Polito January 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I am sure this is a direct result of nearly a year's worth of the incompetent PTPD board majority of Silosky and Steinys as led by Hurtado and failed ED Peck's policy of "it's none of your business so don't worry about it and anyhow we have no plans of operation and no idea what we're doing so how can we possibly be expected to keep anyone else informed?!". There is a lot of work yet to do to build our PTPD back up and we need to be sure that we can get a highly skilled ED into the district now that Peck is out. I agree wholeheartedly with so many other residents that this will also require the resignations of Hurtado, Silosky, and Steinys because they are a barrier to our recruiting and retaining quality staff.
Ed Arter January 27, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Will the public be able to speak? If not would a board member please ask ------In order to improve the "connectivity" of State routes that angle thru Plainfield, starting with 126 to SB Rt55; will (can) this Lockport Street bypass plan continue NW thru the 126 connection and include the 143rd street connection(Including the bridge) to Rt 59 using STATE funds. The traffic problems in Plainfield start, and for the most part, are caused by State Routes and therefore they should be resolved by the State. Digging into our pockets to solve State connectivity issues (i.e. 143 st bridge) is wrong. A Rt 126 ramp to SB 55 and a NB 55 ramp to WB 126( Granted, this IS hindsight) is and was required a looooong time ago. Option to the above(143) is constructing a 5+ lane configuration improvement to 126 from the proposed bypass tie in point, to Rt 59, or maybe even Lockport St. at the Dupage River Bridge. And that cost should go to the STATE,not us. Further --take a breath--The Ramp improvements at Rt55 and Rt30 scheduled as an advance project should widen Rt 30 to 6+ lanes that extends West up to and include the LILY CACHE Intersection w/SB leg improvements on Lily Cache.
Vicky Polito January 27, 2014 at 06:56 PM
I think the public can speak, Mr. Arter. The meeting agenda says there's public comment before the core of the workshop, and it is a "workshop", after all. And there isn't a comment qualifier like "on items not on the agenda" tacked on, either.
Ed Arter January 27, 2014 at 07:19 PM
@ VP---nuts--now I have to shave and comb my hair.
Larry Newton January 27, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Ed, you're hilarious!
Plainfield Independent January 27, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Looks like there's a Village Trustee missing from the meeting tonight. The name of the absent Trustee slips my mind...
Mesut Tepebas January 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM
VP, this is about the broadcast on cable access channel. Sometimes the image/sound quality are really bad. And also -as you mentioned- if you cannot watch it live you have to arrange to record it via DVR or something else. Romeoville has a great system. They post crystal clear recordings of the board meetings on Youtube. They are archived/hosted for free and one can always access them anywhere using any device. Both Oswego and Naperville have similar online video archives of the meetings too. When compared to our peers I wish Plainfield was a leader in adoption of these technologies for transparency and better involvement of village residents. At this point I would be happy we just catch up with them! :( I will be happy to volunteer to make this work. Will you lead an effort to make this possible?
Bad News Bears January 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Well, hmmmmmm. It seems the web gets bigger and bigger doesn't it.
Vicky Polito January 28, 2014 at 09:14 AM
M. Tepebas--I've found that the village admin staff is pretty easy to approach. You don't need anyone to lead any effort! Just write to them or go to a meeting and put out a request that they upgrade the meeting recording and distribution methods. I doubt that such an upgrade or changes would require volunteers, either. I do feel that the transmissions are not very high-quality or easy to access when it's NOT meeting time, so the whole recordings out to the web for on-demand citizen review is a good idea. Separately but related, I'd suggest that some of the board really needs to be sure to use the microphones correctly. I've noticed over the past few months of attending meetings that trustees Rippy and Peck don't always speak clearly into their microphones. Sometimes even in the room at the meetings you can't clearly hear what they're saying and they have to make the effort to be sure they're heard. That's the point of having the mics, after all. What I'm saying is don't ask me or anyone to ask the village, YOU can ask! Anyone can ask! I'm on your side, but you don't "need" me or anyone else to advocate for things you want to see improved, right?
Vicky Polito January 28, 2014 at 09:24 AM
I did watch this meeting after recording it from the TV broadcast and found it very funny that near the end, after a lot of awkward talk--but, important, necessary, and valid talk--of the park land that may be involved in the I55 by-pass/interchange project, the park board, and even former PTPD staffer Cam Bettin, etc., that trustee Fay asked Allen Persons to be sure to talk with the park district board sooner than later AND then he said he thought a joint board meeting would be in order! The funny bit? The camera picked up Mayor Collins reaction to Fay. He just stopped drinking his water, turned to look at Fay with a sort of slow-motion double-take, and when Fay finished talking and looked at the mayor, the mayor just chuckled. Hilarious, but I have to say it was a completely reasonable and normal reaction! Heavens to Betsy, as my mom would say.

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