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Village to upgrade traffic lights, welcome Canal Corridor Association

LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted during its Sept. 9 meeting to approve upgrades to lights at four traffic intersections in the village and to allow the Canal Corridor Association to lease an office space at the Metra Station.

Trustee Paul Chialdikas was not at the meeting.

The traffic light upgrades include the installation of LED lights at the intersections. The upgrades are part of an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation and will cost the village $7,577.35.

Lemont Public Works Director Ralph Pukula said the upgraded lights would use less energy and require less maintenance.

He said he estimated that work on the lights would start at the end of October and did not know how long the project would take.

The traffic lights are located at Archer Avenue and 107th Street; Archer Avenue and 111th Street; McCarthy and Bell roads; and 127th and State streets.

The Canal Corridor Association, which promotes the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal, will occupy the office space left vacant when the Lemont Chamber of Commerce moved into the Village Hall. The lease will be for one year.

"I think this is a great use for the building," said Village Administrator George Schafer. "It will bring visitors into town."

Planning and Economic Development Director Charity Jones said the Canal Corridor Association is looking to move in as soon as possible. It is also taking applications for someone with a background in marketing and public relations to staff the office.

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