Letter: Route 23 is no picnic in southern DeKalb

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

To the Editor:

Route 23 is the main artery of vehicle traffic from north of Sycamore to a block south of Taylor Street in DeKalb. Smooth, widened pavement from one end to the other. However, from Taylor Street to the south border of DeKalb, there is a continuous strip of potholed, broken, uneven pavement with fissures running down each direction of travel.

A recent call to the Illinois highway department indicated there is no plan to meaningfully repair or address the sorry condition of this segment of road. This portion of city street is rated as legal for a 73,280-pound semitrailer to operate on. (The University of Texas traffic study rates one pass of a loaded semi as equal to the same wear use as 5,000 cars.)

Unfortunately, the semi tires are some 22 inches in diameter as contrasted with a puny 13 inches of small cars. Result: Bent tire rims or a cracked windshield for small cars from the impact of driving over the potholes.

Will the last remaining segment of Route 23 be addressed since it has been 13 years since last skimmed over with 1 inches of asphalt? The Illinois Department of Transportation says it is not on its three- or five-year plan.

Long closed and abandoned fast-food and recycling businesses dot this segment of south DeKalb. Taylor to the tollway doesn’t even rate a flower pot, even though collected tax increment financing money was directed elsewhere.

Wanna see street flower boxes or new sign posts? Go downtown.

Mike Maher

DeKalb

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