KANKAKEE — More than the study course of the initial six times of this month, Illinois Point out Police investigated 5 crashes in a function zone on Interstate 57 in Kankakee County.
The do the job zone is found concerning the 302 and 311 mileposts in the two instructions.
No just one has been killed or seriously hurt in any of the crashes.
4 of the crashes concerned semi-tractor trailers. The other was an SUV.
Three of the mishaps transpired involving midnight and 5 a.m. The other two mishaps occurred at approximately 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
They happened involving the 308 and 310 mileposts.
They also transpired in the course of a holiday weekend when website traffic is heavier.
Folks commenting on social media said the work zone is poorly laid out.
Other commenters blame the motorists, saying motorists require to gradual down and pay focus.
Condition police and Illinois Section of Transportation officials took detect of the incidents and additional precautions ended up place into spot this 7 days.
“The Illinois Condition Police District 21 has been in make contact with with IDOT in reference to recent crashes in the place, ISP Captain Don Aaron Harsy said in a assertion.
“We requested for excess signage to boost the need to obey traffic legislation in the building zone, which has been accepted and is being installed. We are also expanding patrols in the construction zone in an effort to decrease hazards to employees and the traveling public.”
“Since the incidents, the contractor has set up more 45 mph signals, ‘Low Shoulder’ message boards and supplemental barrels for delineating the edge of shoulder,” IDOT official Maria Castaneda stated in an email.
A Each day Journal reporter drove through the northbound and southbound work zones on Thursday afternoon. Touring the posted function zone limit, the changes ended up evident.
The zone also integrated a state trooper parked in the southbound lanes with his unexpected emergency lights activated.
Several automobiles noticed the posted 45 mph speed restrict, but there were symptoms other drivers nonetheless desired to zip by means of at a more rapidly rate.
A semi traveling south at 45 mph experienced 5 passenger vehicles next closely driving. When exiting the perform zone earlier the 302 milepost, all five passenger vehicles sped past the semi.
The similar circumstance transpired in the northbound zone.
“The posted velocity limit in the work zone is 45 mph, even so, targeted visitors continues way too far exceed those boundaries,” Castaneda noted.
Prior to coming into and exiting the zones, the reporter travelled the posted 70 mph limit. Many passenger vehicles have been likely above the posted restrict.
“IDOT is fully commited to earning the safety of our employees and the touring community our No. 1 precedence. We want to remind the community that when driving in and about function zones to gradual down, pay attention and keep away from all interruptions,” Castaneda mentioned.
Currently being ticketed for speeding in a do the job zone is pricey.
“Speeding in a do the job zone is a severe offense which can outcome in tragic repercussions,” Harsy pointed out. “The minimum amount wonderful for a initial offense of rushing in a operate zone is $250. A next offense final results in a driver’s license remaining suspended for 90 days and a $750 fantastic.”
“Crashes that manifest in operate zones are particularly disheartening because a significant the greater part of them could be prevented if motorists ended up basically slowing down and shelling out notice,” included Harsy.
There have been 21 crashes in the operate zone due to the fact the challenge began in April.
According to 2019 studies posted by IDOT, there ended up 6,701 crashes in operate zones, with 28 being fatal and 33 fatalities, which involved two construction staff. There ended up 1,231 accidents, such as 128 severe accidents. 6 design workers had been injured.
Work on the challenge begun in April and is scheduled to be accomplished by July 1, 2022.
Kankakee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken McCabe had this information.
“Slow down and put all products down. Do not drive distracted. Your comprehensive consideration is needed. There is no margin for mistake,” he mentioned.
“I convey to people today to push via a do the job zone like a member of your family is operating in it.”