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Gilmer Road: More "stop", less "go"

A new traffic signal was recently activated at Gilmer and Schwerman Roads in Hawthorn Woods.

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This is one of three new traffic signals designed to regulate traffic coming onto, leaving from, and passing along Gilmer. Coming soon are a signal at Diamond Lake Road in Long Grove, and a signal at Liberty Lakes Boulevard in Wauconda.

I’m sure the residents who use these intersecting roads are happy to have these signals. I wonder how much these signals will slow the morning traffic along Gilmer. Having only a handful of traffic signals, Gilmer is one of the fastest routes from the Volo area to Buffalo Grove and is a two-lane road for most of its run. I worry about backups a la Route 120 bubbling up around these new signals. The biggest backups occur at Gilmer’s signaled intersections, such as Hawley.

Fortunately, a left turn lane was constructed at Schwerman to accommodate possible backups due to the traffic signal. I wish Grayslake would’ve taken a similar pro-action with the signalization of Allegheny Road and Route 120.

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