SYCAMORE – Drivers are going to have to slow down on Plank Road after the DeKalb County Board voted to lower the speed limit for a stretch of it following safety concerns.
The speed limit on Plank Road from
1,700 feet southwest of Moose Range Road to 500 feet north and east of Moose Range Road will go from 55 mph to 45 mph. Residents from the area have been petitioning and meeting with county officials regarding the safety along Plank Road.
“There happens to be a group of residents that lives out there and have a passion for it,” County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said.
He said the county has met with the residents who have petitioned the board for safety changes along the road.
The stretch was highlighted in late December when Sycamore High School student Kal-El Sexton, 17, and his mother Dalahn S. Colley were killed in a crash just before Christmas.
The petition also requests a re-striping of the yellow line on Plank Road from the south edge of Moose Range Road eastward to beyond the S-curve east of Lukens Road with a double, solid yellow stripe to indicate a No Passing Zone.
Pietrowski said some of those improvements would require input from the state.
“We’re looking to address safety on the road further,” he said. “It is an ongoing project.”
The board also at its meeting adopted rules for recreational marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated areas in the county.
Craft growers, infusers processors and transporters will be allowed to open in the county, but retailers
will not be able to open in unincorporated areas.
“We want to be good partners to municipalities,” Pietrowski said.
Prohibiting retail locations in the county would avoid competing with any that open in municipalities or prevent one from opening near a town that doesn’t want one, he said.
All other marijuana businesses, however, are welcome. The passage of the regulations lifted the moratorium placed on businesses in the county.
“We’re open for business,” Pietrowski said.