A Push To Improve Safety At Busy Intersection Near Colona
Efforts are underway for more safety at a busy intersection where a Geneseo man and his son died two weeks ago. Scott Teerlink and ten year-old Luke were on motorcycle when a car turned in front of them at the intersection of U.S. route 6 and Illinois highway 84. Many call it a dangerous area, but there's work to change that.
"It's just a horrible, horrible thing and I don't think it needs to happen again," said Jeff Wilson who was a friend, coworker and neighbor of Scott Teerlink. As someone involved in law enforcement who also drives through that intersection on a regular basis Wilson thinks it's time for change.
"I've responded to several accidents myself including semis, small cars and injuries."
What he wants to see is a traffic light installed and maybe more warning signs of the approaching intersection. He contacted the Illinois Department of Transportation recently hoping to get the wheels in motion.
Law enforcement officials we talked to in Colona and Henry County agree that it's a treacherous area. There are visibility issues, a good deal of traffic, and drivers moving quickly on route 6. Captain Happach with the sheriff's department says those factors contribute to regular accidents from minor to deadly and that the intersection needs a closer look.
It won't bring Scott and Luke back, but Wilson thinks trying to save others is the best way to remember them. "No one needs to get hurt, no more fatalities."
Scott Kullerstrand, with operations design and planning for IDOT says there was discussion over this very issue Friday and that turn lanes might be the best solution in the long run. The department will study the area and put together a plan, which will likely require fixing the sight distance and leveling out the approach. Funding will have to be secured but the goal is to do that within the next year.
IDOT officials say a traffic light may be an option as well, though it could present problems with the amount of traffic and visibility issues. In the coming weeks crews may be out to brighten the road striping or add flashers to warn drivers of the approaching intersection.