Tiffany Road intersection work set in Antioch
By Diana Kuyper Special to The News-Sun January 17, 2013 6:14PM
Updated: March 19, 2013 3:03AM
ANTIOCH — Long-anticipated improvements to the intersection of Tiffany Road and Route 173 are scheduled for 2013.
Village officials will approve a half-dozen agreements with the state as the first step in the project that includes traffic lights at the busy intersection.
“We’ve been wanting this for years,” said Mayor Lawrence Hanson. “We can’t approve these agreements fast enough to get this project going.”
Village Administrator James Keim said anticipated cost is $1 million, with the village expected to kick in $20,000.
“That’s a pretty good return on our investment,” said Trustee George Sakas.
According to an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the alignment of Route 173 at Tiffany Road will shift slightly to the north with the addition of a separate right turn lane in the westbound lane of Route 173. Traffic signals and sidewalks will be installed.
Hanson said a sidewalk will be installed on the north side of Route 173 in addition to extending sidewalk along Tiffany Road to Lake Street.
Hanson said the work will improve safety at the intersection that is the main access to Route 173 for two large subdivisions and two schools.
“It has always been a serious safety issue for west side residents, as well as school bus traffic,” he said. “The access onto Route 173 has been so difficult and dangerous that many residents seek alternate routes even though they make take longer to travel.
“This project is so overdue,” said Hanson. “It can’t come soon enough for me. It has the green light from us and it is funded by the state, so barring any problems on the state end it should happen later this year.”