Wolfs Crossing Corridor Study
The Village of Oswego is undertaking a study of the Wolfs Crossing corridor to determine what, if any, improvements need to be made to the corridor to provide connectivity for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians. Our goal is to improve safety in the corridor while accommodating anticipated growth in the area. The study limits extend from US Routes 34 to Eola/Heggs Road just east of US Route 30.
Wolf Corridor Advisory Team (WolfCAT)
The Village established the Wolf Corridor Advisory Team (WolfCAT) to assist the project team in setting goals for the project corridor, reviewing traffic and environmental information, and providing feedback on design alternatives. WolfCAT members consist of community leaders from the study area as well as stakeholders with expertise or technical interest in environmental, land use, transportation, and economic development affected by the study.
Public Information Meeting #1 – October 5, 2016
The purpose of the first public information meeting is to introduce the project. During the meeting, we gathered comments from the public. Attendees identified problems in the corridor and expressed desire for improvements.
Public Information Meeting #2 – June 29, 2017
The purpose of the second public information meeting is to review alternatives developed out of the input we received from the first public information meeting and subsequent WolfCAT meetings. We will present optinons for constructing intersections, elements to be incorporated into the cross section, potential locations for detention basins, and many other elements.
Public Information Meeting #3 – February 15, 2018
The purpose of the third public information meeting is to review alternatives developed out of the input we received from the first two public information meetings and subsequent WolfCAT meetings. We will present a project update and seek additional public input on the preferred alternative of the project. We will provide updates on the proposed intersections, elements to be incorporated into the cross section, potential locations for detention basins, right-of-way acquisition, environmental impacts, and many other elements.
The Village approved the Wolfs Crossing Corridor Design Guidelines as a supplement to the 2015 Comprehensive Plan on July 17, 2018. The guidelines provide a roadmap for the Village and the development community to understand the improvement requirements for the Wolfs Crossing corridor. The standards set forth in this document are intended to be adopted as the planning guide for the future improvement of the roadway. In summary, the guidelines establish:
- The roadway will be 5 lanes from Eola Road to Southbury Boulevard and 3 lanes from Southbury Boulevard to Route 34/71.
- There will be lighted intersections at Roth Road and the entrance to Oswego East High School
- Traffic roundabouts are proposed for Southbury Boulevard, Douglas Road, Fifth Street, and Harvey Road
- The ultimate cross section of the road will contain an 8 foot wide multi-use/bicycle path on one side and a sidewalk on the other side of the road
- There will be a landscaped median containing native species with consistent plant elements throughout the corridor
- Lights will be concentrated at the intersections
- Stormwater basins will need to be established along the roadway to provide necessary detention for the road improvements as well as providing a visually appealing elements to the overall design
- Design elements will be included in the final development that incorporates themes that were referenced during the public outreach portion of the analysis. These include the Lincoln Highway, Native American Heritage, Agricultural history, the Fox River and Nature, and the use of quarry stone.
The Village has submitted the Phase 1 engineering to the Federal Highway Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation for review and approval. Once approved, the Village may begin Phase 2 engineering. This second phase includes creation of the plans, specifications, and estimate for the construction of one or more of the ten sections identified in the Phase 1 report. We anticipate starting Phase II engineering for the intersection of Wolfs Crossing in late fall 2019.