First Street opening to through traffic Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT

LEMONT – The village of Lemont expects the gate blocking First Street from Berkley Lane to be opened on Wednesday afternoon, connecting the two roads as part of a construction project on First Street.

During the Nov. 25 meeting of the Lemont Village Board of Trustees, Lemont Public Works Director Ralph Pukula said the striping has been finished on the road and stop signs have been added along First Street at its intersections with Schultz Street and Berkeley Lane.

Pukula said the village has made a request to ComEd for street lights at the intersections.

Road workers have been widening First Street and adding sidewalk to the west side to accommodate an expected increase in traffic.

Residents of the subdivision have expressed outrage about the project, which they believe will put pedestrians at risk.

The space between the road and the houses on the east side is too narrow for a sidewalk to be installed. The location of Bethany Lutheran Cemetery also prevents the sidewalk on the west side from being extended north to McCarthy Road.

In another road construction update, Pukula said traffic lights at the intersection of Walker and McCarthy roads will not be installed until the spring.

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