The Clinton County Board approved a resolution to add rumble strips to County Highway 16 (Huey Road) at the stop intersection with Illinois Route 161.
At their Monday meeting in Carlyle, County Engineer Dan Behrens said the state maintains the stop signs on Illinois Route 161. The county maintains the "Stop Sign Ahead" signs.
The addition of the rumble strips is a step toward getting drivers to stop running through the intersection and causing accidents.
Behrens said what would be used in this situation is similar to what's used in the state of Iowa, where the strips are cut into the pavement.
He said you can't really build them up because the elevated strips cause a problem for snowplows in the winter.
The strips are a series of two: the first set are 200 feet in front of the "Stop Ahead" sign and the second set are about three-quarters of the distance between the "Stop Ahead" sign and the actual stop sign.
County Board Chairman Larry Johnson recalled asking, and asked again if there's anywhere else in the county that might need similar treatments, "before we have another bad accident or fatality," but didn't need an answer right away.
Behrens said he would look into that. He'd also be cautious about using them in cities — he only recommends their use in rural areas — because they are loud.
Case in point, Behrens said he thought a motorist had driven through the intersection at Shattuc Road and Illinois Route 161 this past weekend or recently.
Paving project awarded
The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded the Germantown Road resurfacing project to Christ Bros. Asphalt of Lebanon.
That would be a standard overlay of 3.45 miles of the road, .03 miles south of the CSX Railroad tracks in Breese to Henry Street in Germantown, at a cost of $1,250,000.
The project falls under IDOT's pavement rehabilitation and is in IDOT's FY2022 Rebuild Illinois Highway Improvement Program.
Following a pre-construction meeting, the company would like to start that project the first or second week of October, Behrens said. There are 25 working days on that project.
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