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Slow Down the speed limit on Route 59 in Antioch

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Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#1 Feb 7, 2011
In the last 6 months there have been a number of car accidents on Route 59 in Antioch. Now we have an accident that took a life on Sunday night. Is anyone concerned about their family and friends well being. Is anyone concerned about trucks that drive down the hill on Route 59 and hit Bowles Road at speeds of 55 plus miles an hour? Here is my suggestion; lets do what Route 83 did that enters the town of Antioch. Starting at Emmons School where kids cross that road twice a day, make the speed limit start there at 35 mph. There are six streets that enter Route 59 to traffic of speeds of 50 mph or greater. Folks the extra minute it takes from Beach Grove Road to Route 173 is worth the life you will save. Look at the way Route 59 was constructed... There are no shoulders or escape routes in someone has an emergency. You have to wonder where government officials with any life safety issues are. I would love to hear your comments. Please don’t make it about you and you don’t want to drive responsibility
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#2 Feb 7, 2011
Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 2005:

May 22, 2005 05:45 AM, Sr-173, Tiffaney Rd, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1

Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 2004:

Apr 18, 2004 04:48 AM, Sr-173, Harden Street, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1

Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 1998:

Jun 28, 1998 06:49 AM, Sr-173, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 11, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Sep 1, 1998 09:32 AM, Cedarwood, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1

Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 1994:

Jul 16, 1994 07:25 AM, 173, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 2, Drunken drivers: 1
Aug 16, 1994 08:00 AM, 173, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Sep 20, 1994 09:12 AM, 83, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1

Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 1990:

Jun 11, 1990 06:23 AM, North, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1

Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 1989:

Sep 2, 1989 09:03 AM, 173, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 2
Oct 18, 1989 10:52 AM, 173, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 3

Antioch fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents (wrecks) list for 1987:

Mar 7, 1987 03:15 AM, 83, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1


Read more: http://www.city-data.com/accidents/acc-Antioc...
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#3 Feb 7, 2011
Antioch, Illinois:
Fatal accident count: 11
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 16
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
Fatalities: 15
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 34
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/accidents/acc-Antioc...
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#4 Feb 7, 2011
There was a loss of life Sunday night… That could have been you a friend or a family member. The police are not to blame for people that want to drive faster then the posted speed limits. The police didn’t design a road with no shoulders. The police don’t control what the posted speed limits are, it’s elected State officials. Route 59 is a State road and do you really think our elected officials give a rat about cars or trucks that come down the hill and hit Bowles Road at speeds of 55 plus miles per hour? The police have a very large area to patrol, and have a problem with speed limits that are set by State officials. Common sense would have to change the folks we have sitting in Springfield, and bring back family values. Just a resent change by Michal Bond, you could do 45 mph legally until you hit the State Bank of the Lakes. The posted speed limit sign for 25 mph sat at Lake Street and Hillside Road. You have 300 feet to reduce speed at a major change, that puts you going through town at 40 plus miles an hour. Where's the commen sense?
LYCANTRHOPE

Chicago, IL

#5 Feb 8, 2011
LOWER the speed limit ??!!?
Are you kidding ??

They should RAISE the speed limit there to 55MPH, so that everyone can blast through there, doing like 70MPH.:P
LYCANTRHOPE

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 8, 2011
Note to Concerned:
My note above, was sarcasm.... Not to be taken 'seriously'.

I agree, that excessive speed is not just a problem on Rt.59, but Everywhere.
Unfortunately, the design of the roadway, as you pointed out, makes *other* contributing factors (such as speeding), THAT much more dangerous, because there is less 'margin of safety'.

I AGREE that lowering the speed limit would be a PRUDENT idea, but I am afraid that many drivers would simply ignore the posted speed limit, anyway.:(
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#7 Feb 9, 2011
You shouldn't joke about this, when it could have been you or a family member killed
sober

Grayslake, IL

#8 Feb 9, 2011
wasn't the pedestrian walking in the street drunk?
Gen X

Plainfield, IL

#9 Feb 9, 2011
No way should they lower the speed limit on 59 or on 173. They should make make both 4 lane divide highways with 65mph speed limits so business can grow.
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#10 Feb 9, 2011
If he was drunk does it matter? There are no sidewalks. Just becuase you have a couple of drinks you should lose your life. What about the other 6 accidents we have had in the last 6 months. That's one a month, do you start to see a problem.
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#11 Feb 9, 2011
And Really you have never been almost hit by a car going on Route 59 too fast. Have you ever pulled on for one of the subdivisions that families live and have to pull out on that road every day. You comments are selfish and not well thought out
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#12 Feb 9, 2011
Hey Gen X I never argue with an idiot because they always bring you down to there level and beat you with expirence. This is a Village not a freeway.
Gen X

Plainfield, IL

#13 Feb 9, 2011
Instead of lowering the speed limits and further hurting the local businesses and limiting area growth maybe they should invest in sidewalks.
Resident of Antioch

Lake Villa, IL

#14 Feb 9, 2011
I feel a REAL outrage over this intersection, since my brother-in law was blindsided from a vehicle hitting him while traveling 55 miles an hour around that ABSURD corner. We feel it is the responsibilty of OUR village to fight with the state legislative to change the speed limit, knock down that vacant house, and put some kind of signage or flasing light up as a warning. How many dealths or injuries does it take?
Concerned wrote:
In the last 6 months there have been a number of car accidents on Route 59 in Antioch. Now we have an accident that took a life on Sunday night. Is anyone concerned about their family and friends well being. Is anyone concerned about trucks that drive down the hill on Route 59 and hit Bowles Road at speeds of 55 plus miles an hour? Here is my suggestion; lets do what Route 83 did that enters the town of Antioch. Starting at Emmons School where kids cross that road twice a day, make the speed limit start there at 35 mph. There are six streets that enter Route 59 to traffic of speeds of 50 mph or greater. Folks the extra minute it takes from Beach Grove Road to Route 173 is worth the life you will save. Look at the way Route 59 was constructed... There are no shoulders or escape routes in someone has an emergency. You have to wonder where government officials with any life safety issues are. I would love to hear your comments. Please don’t make it about you and you don’t want to drive responsibility
Gen X

Plainfield, IL

#15 Feb 9, 2011
Hey Concerned so you are always beat by idiots. Doesn't speak well for your intellegence level.

Since: Nov 10

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 9, 2011
@ Concerned

My understanding (from local folks, not the news) is that this was not "everyday" traffic. Word on the street is that he was walking down the middle of route 59, nowhere near the shoulder, after a local bar took away his keys and asked him to leave.

I'm not casting stones at him - everybody screws up sometime, and I'm sorry that he paid with his life. Sounds to me like this may be the wrong case to cite for your mission tho, as if what's being stated is true, this is not an example of ordinary traffic.

One last thought, you intially asked for peoples opinions, didn't you? Reacting with hostility sure isn't going to get people on your side.
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#17 Feb 9, 2011
I wish you thoughts are no so against the point the man was drunk. But make a point where else is he going to walk. There are no sidewalks, and the Park for Heron Harbor is Pederson Park which is located on Route 173. How many times do you see kids walking into town? Where can a car go when they don't build a shoulder for the roads. You made your complete statement about him being drunk, that was only one issue of the total problem. Next time you drive down the road, look to see how many kids walk to school to Emmons, or just kids walking up town. The design of the street and the amount of snow, where else can you walk but in one of the lanes of traffic.
sober

Grayslake, IL

#18 Feb 9, 2011
if you are drunk which he was it does matter. If there are no sidewalks you should not go get drunk and walk in the street. That is just dumb. I agree with you about some other accidents. But don't use a drunk walking in a street for an example on why to lower a speed limit.
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#19 Feb 9, 2011
I would never use just one accident, that's why in the last couple of weeks the road has been shut down do to other accidents. The only way to stop a trend is to slow down traffic... Shouldn't be complaining it took you an extra 30 seconds to get to Jewel. There are six intersections that pull out into this traffic, and I have to listen from my neighbors, how they almost got hit.

http://www.teenmemorywall.com/wall

This is all I'm talking about saving lives.
Concerned

Bloomington, IL

#20 Feb 9, 2011
Antioch, Illinois:
Fatal accident count: 11
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 16
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 2
Fatalities: 15
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 34
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

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