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Speed Limit Sign Down

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McHenry County, Illinois

Speed Limit Sign Down

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
August 30, 2008


Speed Limit Sign Down


Over a month ago this 40MPH speed limit sign was knocked down. The 4"x4" wooden post was snapped off even with the ground, but the sign appears to be undamaged. As you leave Crystal Lake on U.S. 14 and head for Woodstock, you leave the 35MPH zone just past the traffic light at South Ridgefield Road.

At this point the speed limit changes to 40MPH, and then the speed limit changes to 50MPH after you round the next curve.

No doubt that Crystal Lake Police (or McHenry County Sheriff's Department) reported this to IDOT, assuming the accident was reported. But maybe the driver just ran off the road, hit the signpost, backed up and took off.

How many police officers, deputies, and IDOT maintenance crews have driven by this downed sign? You can see where it was; all the grass is dead under it. I first noticed the sign was gone in mid-July and notified IDOT. They must be busy with potholes, or maybe there isn't any money left after the $1.8 Million spent on the rumble strips between Crystal Lake and Harvard.

Is this sign important?



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