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Our view: Thumbs-down to calls for more 'no passing' zones on Plank Road

Vehicles travel over a hill as shoulder work continues on Plank Road between Moose Range Road and Lukens Road in Sycamore Thursday. That section of road is hilly with two large curves prompting some residents to sign a petition asking that the speed limit be reduced and that the entire stretch be a no passing zone in hopes of improving safety on the road.
Vehicles travel over a hill as shoulder work continues on Plank Road between Moose Range Road and Lukens Road in Sycamore Thursday. That section of road is hilly with two large curves prompting some residents to sign a petition asking that the speed limit be reduced and that the entire stretch be a no passing zone in hopes of improving safety on the road.

Thumbs-up: To a new app that will help parents keep tabs on children’s buses. DeKalb School District 428 officials this week said that the app should be available to parents districtwide within a few weeks, allowing them to track the district’s school buses in real time using GPS that updates every 15 seconds.

The district sought out the new technology after one of its buses was delayed by a train that left a road blocked in Cortland, and district officials struggled to inform parents about what was going on.

It not only will give parents of bus-riding students a good idea when their children will be home, but also will help them avoid having to spend too long outside when there is inclement weather.

The app will be provided to the district at no cost through its bus provider, First Student Inc., and should be an appreciated convenience for people who depend on district buses. It looks like a win all around.

Thumbs-up: To all those who have served our country in the armed forces. Ahead of Veterans Day on Monday, we offer our gratitude to the men and women who have put their lives at risk to protect and defend the freedoms that we hold dear as Americans. Thank you for your service.

Thumbs-up: To 175 years for DeKalb’s First Baptist Church. The church, which was founded by a group of early area settlers who used to meet in a log cabin for prayer meetings, has grown into a community institution.

Generations of DeKalb-area residents have attended services at the red brick building near the intersection of Prospect and Third streets, just south of downtown.

We’re pleased that so many people have found and continue to find a sense of community there and wish the congregation a happy 175th.

Thumbs-down: To residents feeling unsafe along Plank Road. This week, a group of about 25 DeKalb County residents attended a meeting of the county Highway Committee to voice their concerns about safety for drivers on Plank, particularly between the big curve at Moose Range Road and the next curve near Lukens Road, north of Sycamore.

They also presented a petition signed by 160 people near the road, calling for more “no passing” striping and signs to keep drivers from making bad decisions in passing. We’re sure that it can be unnerving for people whose homes are along that stretch – they’re saying as much.

The ideal solution would be to reduce the curves in the road in the area, but that project would cost about $6 million, and the money is not yet available, county officials said.

The problems of late may be exacerbated by the traffic delays caused by ongoing construction in the area, which at times require stopping traffic and make people impatient.

If you regularly head east on Plank in the mornings, odds are you have seen people make some bad decisions. We would like to see appropriate safety measures taken that don’t also require us to spend miles driving behind slow-moving vehicles with no opportunity to be on our way.

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