Montgomery Village Board member Steve Jungermann told his board colleagues Monday evening he is going to ratchet up his lobbying efforts to persuade the state of Illinois to budget funds for the widening and reconstruction of traffic-snarled Route 30 on the village’s west side.
“My theory is the squeaky wheel gets greased, so I plan on squeaking,” Jungermann said.
Route 30 extending west from Route 31 to Route 47 is the scene of daily traffic back-ups, especially at the Orchard Road intersection. Traffic also backs up on Orchard Road at the Route 30 intersection.
Jungermann said he recently questioned a local state representative concerning the status of funding for the Route 30 improvements. He said he told the representative that he believes the Illinois Department of Transportation needs to budget the funds necessary to place the Route 30 project in the agency’s five-year highway improvement plan.
But Jungermann said he was disheartened when the state representative instead advised him to contact IDOT.
“I was under the impression that the [state] representatives represented their constituents,” he said.
Jungermann recalled that a year or so ago he asked the village board to adopt a resolution of support asking IDOT to widen Route 30 from Briarcliff Road west to Route 47.
“I”m going to ask the board to do that again,” he said.
In addition, Jungermann said he plans to make the same request to the Kendall and Kane county boards and the city councils and village boards in neighboring communities.
“I’ll be doing that in the upcoming months,” he said.
Jungermann added he also will set up meetings between village officials and local state representatives.
“I don’t feel that Montgomery is being heard as well as it could,” he said.
Village President Matt Brolley said he would definitely support Jungermann in his efforts.
Brolley noted that IDOT is currently nearing completion of phase-one engineering plans for the Route 30 widening.
He recalled that two years ago village officials met with the engineers for Kane and Kendall counties and obtained letters of support for Route 30 improvements from all local state representatives and the two congressmen who represent the village – Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, and Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville.
Those letters focused on IDOT budgeting funds to first improve the Route 30 and Orchard Road intersection to help expedite traffic flow, according to Brolley.
With IDOT nearing completion on its phase-one engineering plans, Brolley said now may be a good time for village officials to again reach out to other local, state and federal lawmakers to encourage them to support funding for the improvements.
“The reality is without funding from the state on a larger capital bill or better funding of our capital needs in general ... we’re not in IDOT’s five-year [construction] plan,” Brolley said, adding, “Getting Kane and Kendall [counties] to push for this would be huge.”
Peter Wallers, president of Engineering Enterprises Inc., the village’s engineering consultants, noted that both Kane and Kendall county officials have been supportive of the village’s efforts to begin the Route 30 project with improvements to the Route 30 and Orchard Road intersection. Route 30 serves as the boundary between the two counties, and Orchard Road is owned and maintained by the counties and state.
“Probably part of our focus should be to start working on that intersection funding as being a high priority,” Wallers said.
Wallers, added, however, that IDOT staff members have had no comment on the status of the agency budgeting funds for the improvement work.