4-way stop coming for deadly Sugar Grove Township intersection

  • Harter Road goes by Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove. The Kaneland school district announced stop signs on Harter at the intersection with Scott Road to warn earlier school bus pickup times may be needed.

    Harter Road goes by Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove. The Kaneland school district announced stop signs on Harter at the intersection with Scott Road to warn earlier school bus pickup times may be needed. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/2/2017 9:06 PM

The intersection of Harter and Scott roads in Sugar Grove Township ­-- where a man died in a Sept. 9 crash ­-- will become a four-way stop Monday.

The change was announced by the Kaneland school district Friday.

 

Kane County, which has jurisdiction over Harter, decided in late September to convert it from a two-way to a four-way stop.

Harter is a two-lane road, with speed limits 40 to 50 mph, running from Sugar Grove to Maple Park. It goes past Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.

Scott is a two-lane road, maintained by townships, from Route 47 in Sugar Grove to Pritchard Road near Hinckley.

Previously, only drivers on Scott had to stop.

Several residents asked for the additional stop signs at a Sept. 19 Kane County Transportation Committee meeting.

The school district sent out an announcement about the new stop signs Friday to parents, because Harter is used by many of the district's school buses, including those serving Kaneland High School.

It will monitor arrival times to see if buses need to pick students up earlier to get students to school on time.

Besides the stop signs, the county has installed rumble strips on both roads and is putting in a flashing overhead red beacon.

In the September crash, 36-year-old Yonathan Contreras Chapa was driving west on Scott and did not stop at Harter. His car was hit by a northbound minivan.

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