By Martha Stoffel
O’FALLON – Representatives of the Troy Scott Road/Old Vincennes Trail/Borchers Lane Stoplight Campaign spoke to the Public Works committee Monday night. Residents believe development and growth in the area on Scott Troy Road, north and south of Old Vincennes, has increased and now supports a stoplight at that intersection.
Borchers Lane resident Julie Spengler indicated the group is currently gathering support from the community via a Facebook page (@StoplightCampaign), an online petition and signs at the intersection to gain more visibility for the group.
St. Clair County has authority over Scott Troy Road and the decision to place a stoplight at the intersection. The city funded an Intersection Improvement Assessment in 2016 with CBB Transportation Engineers & Planners to identify and evaluate alternatives to alleviate congestion. The result of the study indicated neither widening of the road nor a stoplight were warranted at that intersection. Representatives from the Stoplight Campaign indicated the CBB Transportation study used data collected two years prior and feel a more current assessment needs to be completed.
Campaign representatives approached the Public Works Committee requesting council support and guidance for how to proceed with the county to get a stoplight. Alderman Matthew Gilreath made a motion for a resolution recommending the county take action. The resolution will appear before full council next week. Committee chair Richie Meile indicated the decision was ultimately up to the county, but felt the city and township could work together to start the process.