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Safety improvements at an Iroquois County intersection

An Iroquois County intersection, labeled dangerous and in need of upgrades, is getting the needed attention.

A fatal accident stirred discussion about CH 4 and CH 23 in the Clifton area.

Bruce Lane represents the Papineau Fire Dept and Riverside Ambulance service. He’s seen too many wrecks......

"Three sites we see too many accidents and it affects the community,"  Lane said. "We need to be proactive and reduce the potential for injury or loss of life."

Lane is encouraged that the county is installing lighted devices on stop signs and stop-ahead signs......

"This alerts drivers, improves visibility."

Iroquois and Kankakee County officials have been approached about the need to make safety improvements. Lane said a study is looking at Rt 115 and Lehigh Road. Rumble strips are installed. LED devises, many believe, would better-alert drivers.

Lane says, admittedly, there’s a lot of local motorists who need to pay attention...

"A lot of local drivers become complacent; they're too easily distracted and don't see the signs until it's too late. This upgrade will give a heads-up," Lane added.  

Iroquois County Board Chairman John Shure says now-approved upgrades should help. Shure also points out, " too many drivers violate the law, and stats also show there's not as many accidents there as first talked about."  Now the county engineer has made improved changes, so this should help."

94.1 WGFA