Signs put break on local traffic
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - The City Council on Monday approved new stop signs for
four intersections in the city, including Goldsborough Street at Court
East- and west-bound traffic on Goldsborough has
always stopped at West Street and for red lights at Main Street, but
never at Court.
But many drivers on north- or south-bound Court
Street expect Goldsborough traffic to stop, city officials said, leading
to a higher-than-normal accident count at the intersection.
"I've been hit almost a dozen times at that
intersection," Councilman Paul Bremer (R-1st) said.
Councilman William Condron (R-4th) said he
absent-mindedly pulled out in front of a car at the intersection a
couple weeks ago and was nearly broadsided.
Councilman James Wirtz (R-at large) was the only
member to express reservations about the signs.
"It's getting harder and harder to move through
this community," he said.
With stop signs on Goldsborough, "the distance
is so short" between stops, Wirtz said.
City Engineer Jeff Ban pointed out that Goldsborough
traffic will face the same set of lights and signs at Main, Court and
West streets that North Street traffic does crossing the same
"I've had a number of calls (asking for stop
signs)," Ban said. "We've been looking at that the last six
The council also approved stop signs for Madison
Street at 97th Place. "Madison is becoming a drag strip,"
Mayor James Metros said. "It's a beautiful four-lane road, real
straight. The residents really need a stop sign to slow people
Stop signs will also be put up at Greenview Place and
Driftwood Trail, and at Morningside Court and Greenview Place.
Illiana expressway gets lift with
But officials warn that building would still be 10 years away
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
MERRILLVILLE - The effort to raise support for the proposed Illiana
Expressway continued Friday with a Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
forum on the topic at the Radisson Hotel.
Public officials and business people who support a
new highway are trying to raise pressure on state officials to put the
project on their lists of transportation priorities.
Friday's event featured a speech by Crown Point Mayor
James Metros, who called south Lake County "more of a suburb of
Chicago than ... a part of Indianapolis, Indiana."
In Crown Point, he said, "every (new)
subdivision fills up with folks moving from Illinois over to Indiana
because they find out taxes are lower here."
But they still commute to Chicago area jobs,
congesting Exchange Road and the Borman Expressway even more, Metros
In addition to alleviating traffic congestion, a new
expressway would reduce air pollution by allowing trucks to move through
the area more quickly, Metros argued.
An Illiana Expressway would run between I-65 and
I-57. The I-65 intersection would likely be between Crown Point and
Lowell, Metros said.
But drivers likely won't see the relief for some
time, he said. A recent meeting of Indiana and Illinois Department of
Transportation officials led to a conclusion that, if planning for the
expressway began immediately, it could be built in "maybe 10 years,
more realistically 20 years," Metros said.
The route would have to be determined, right-of-ways
acquired, environmental studies and engineering done, and contracts
awarded before construction could begin.
And recently, the issue has become tied up with the
third Chicago airport debate, Metros noted.
Gary Mayor Scott King has come out against the
expressway for fear that it would aid the supporters of the Peotone
airport site. King wants Gary's airport to be the Chicago area's
But Metros argued that expressway supporters should
isolate the two issues, and concentrate on the problems the expressway
could help solve.
"We have got a pollution problem, we have got a
traffic problem and we have got absolutely no ability to move
people," he said.
The Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, like many
business organizations and governmental bodies, has passed a resolution
supporting the expressway.
One of the chamber's members, Bob Wilson, noted
"a big, big wall between the Indiana and Illinois side." While
people from Indiana are willing to come west to shop at places like
River Oaks Mall, they won't come to Illinois "for the little
stuff," he said.
Wilson thought the expressway would help with
Metros said officials and business groups need to
continue pressuring state governments to provide funding for the