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Crashes decrease at Huntley intersection
By Lisa Smith | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/26/2008 12:27 AM

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Five months after erecting "no turn on red" signs and new traffic signals, Kane County Division of Transportation engineers project a 33 percent reduction in crashes at the county's most dangerous intersection.

The intersection at Huntley and Randall roads in Huntley averaged 90 collisions a year and was the top-ranked intersection for crash frequency in the Illinois Department of Transportation's Chicago region in 2006. Half of the accidents were caused by drivers turning right onto Randall from Huntley, which runs at an angle.

During the first eight months of 2007, 80 crashes were reported at the intersection, of which 37 were caused by drivers turning right onto Randall from Huntley. Since making the improvements Sept. 1, just 27 crashes were reported. Of those, four were caused by right-turning drivers, according to the county.

If that trend continues, county engineers project a 33 percent reduction in the annual number of crashes at the intersection. They also project a 79 percent reduction in the number of crashes caused by right-turning drivers.

Additional short- and long-term engineering changes are needed to make the road safer, county Traffic Manager Tom Szabo told the county board's transportation committee Monday.

"That intersection has a lot of traffic," Szabo said.

Committee member Don Wolfe urged the county transportation staff to pursue a long-term resolution.

"To focus on the intersection is putting a Band-Aid on the problem," said Wolfe, an Elgin Republican. "Huntley Road needs to be improved. That's the long-term solution."