In an effort to relieve significant congestion, the intersection of Alft Lane and Randall Road will undergo construction this spring and into the summer. The City of Elgin and Kane County have partnered to expand the intersection to include both additional through lanes and turn lanes. Funding for the project comes from the City’s general fund and the project is expected to cost $1.1 million dollars. Kane County DOT will be sharing the cost for a portion of the work completed along Randall Road. A project website has been set up to provide information and details on the project and timeline. Please visit alftrandall.com
The Kane County Board recently approved the 2023-2037 Transportation Improvement Program, known as the TIP. The TIP contains the 5-year capital plan for the Division of Transportation. It provides information to the public on the expected revenues and expenditures and the projects planned for implementation during the 5-year timeframe. Click on this link to view the approved plan.
New this year is the roll-out of an interactive map that allows the user to navigate to find out about the projects planned for Kane County. Click on this link to view the interactive map.
Why does KDOT typically put taller vegetation blocking visibility through the central island of their roundabouts?
Thought and planning goes into the native landscaping found in the central islands of our roundabouts. While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with seeing the upstream approach of cars from a long ways off and timing your own approach accordingly, the real value in sight distance restrictions provided by taller vegetation in the roundabout is the positive effect they have on those vehicles getting ready to enter the roundabout.
As vehicles are getting ready to enter the roundabout, restricting sight distance across the central island with strategic taller landscaping may enhance the safety of the intersection by encouraging lower speeds and making only the left-hand side of the roundabout the focal point. In addition to the increased aesthetic value, a well-landscaped island will make both circulating and entering vehicles more cautious by limiting how far ahead they can see. A circulating vehicle likely will be a bit slower around the curve if its view ahead is restricted (see graphics below). That makes it easier for a car entering the circulating lane to receive a reasonable gap. If sight distance restrictions can limit circulating vehicles to 20 mph, you need less than 120 feet of pavement to provide a four-second entry gap – which is big enough for just about any passenger car.
An additional characteristic of taller central island landscaping is that it shields the headlights of oncoming vehicles making it easier to see the circulating lane as a driver approaches a roundabout.
Graphic credit: WisDOT
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