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Part of Rt. 47 could soon be Sugar Grove Parkway

Road would be renamed within village limits

SUGAR GROVE – Route 47 in Sugar Grove could soon be known as Sugar Grove Parkway.

Village trustees on Tuesday are set to vote on an ordinance that would assign the name Sugar Grove Parkway to the stretch of Route 47 that is within the village's corporate limits. The idea for the name change came from the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation.

"It would be another identifier for Sugar Grove," Sugar Grove Community Development Director Walter Magdziarz said. "It is a community identification type of strategy."

The street change would affect 28 businesses and six homes in the village. Businesses and properties that would be affected include the Village Bible Church, the Sugar Grove Center, Walgreens, The Landings center and the American Heartland Bank, currently under construction.

However, they would not have to change any signs because of the name change, Magdziarz said.

"It is still Route 47," he said.

The village would have to replace 10 signs at each intersection along Route 47, Magdziarz said. The overhead street signs attached to the mast arms of traffic signals along Route 47 are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, he said.

Magdziarz said it remains to be seen whether the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway Authority would change the Route 47 directional signs on Interstate 88 and elsewhere. If the signs are replaced, they likely would be replaced as part of a normal sign replacement schedule, he said.

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