With the growth of businesses and activity on the east side of Romeoville, the village and the Illinois Department of Transportation are working together to seek options for improving pedestrian access and safety along Route 53.
In that area, the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center and the Uptown Square Development continue to bring tens of thousands of visitors each year to the area, according to a news release from Romeoville officials. The village also added a number of restaurants on the east side of Route 53 in the last few years, most recently a Checkers near the intersection of Route 53 and Normantown Road.
Village officials met with IDOT to seek options for improved pedestrian access along the highway, which is under state jurisdiction.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak, State Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, met with IDOT about the need for intersection improvements at the corner of Normantown Road and Route 53. IDOT then notified the village that it had included Phase One of the project in its five-year plan, which includes preliminary engineering and environmental studies.
"Improving pedestrian access for this intersection has been a priority for our community," Noak said. "We are grateful for the cooperation of Sen. McGuire and Rep. Connor along with IDOT officials."
Although it might take some time for the permanent crosswalk to be included in IDOT's construction plan, the village designed a temporary solution that IDOT will include with its resurfacing project that will be completed this summer. The temporary project will include a crosswalk and appropriate signals for the intersection. IDOT has notified Romeoville that it has approved the temporary improvements for the upcoming construction season.
The temporary pedestrian improvements at Route 53 and Normantown Road are tentatively planned for this summer. The scope and timeline for the permanent solution will be announced after Phase One engineering of the intersection is complete.