Posted on December 09, 2010 9:21 AM
According to the local online newspaper, MySuburbanLife.com, the Lemont Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously last month to approve two resolutions rejecting the inclusion of bicycle facilities at two McCarthy Road intersections that will be renovated in the next few years. The intersections are: McCarthy and Walker Roads, andthe “triangle” intersection at McCarthy, Derby Road, and Archer Avenue.
These resolutions were needed in order for Lemont to “opt out” of IDOT’s Complete Streets law, which mandates that IDOT must accommodate all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, when designing, building, or rebuilding state or state-maintained roads.
According to the newspaper article, Lemont Trustee Jeanette Virgilio, who identifies herself as an avid cyclist, said, “I want us to look at future projects that we can accommodate this law, Unfortunately, the timing of these projects did not allow us to accommodate this.”