Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Road to Nowhere

Problem: 90% of accidents occur near Fremont Twp Rd. Solution: Move the road. The Route 53 Extension lies smoldering upon the ash-heap of history, but Lake County is all like: OK, Dr Evil may be gone, but what about Mini-Me?

In this case, Mini-Me is a plan to realign and extend Fremont Center Road. Running parallel to and not far from the proposed Route 53 Extension, Fremont Center Road crosses Fremont Township in the locked & loaded heart of Lake County.

A price tag has not been announced, but it is believed the project will cost considerably less than a $3 billion Route 53 Extension.

LCDoT documents indicate the current road is not well configured and the scene of 202 accidents between 2010 and 2014. Fremont Township officials are urging immediate action:
"This project is desperately needed as soon as possible. Our residents are unable to access Route 60 safely at the intersection of Fremont and 60 and Erhart and 60 due to the angle of the existing road," Fremont Township Supervisor Diana O'Kelly said.
Lake County road plan continues with or without Route 53
One fiscally minded public servant, however, told your LakeCountyEye: "If safety is the only concern, they can save themselves the $30 million by just setting up some DUI checkpoints, instead."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

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