Indian Trl from Edgelawn Dr to Highland Ave
The City of Aurora is currently conducting an engineering study for roadway improvements on Indian Trail from Edgelawn Drive to Highland Avenue.
Indian Trail is a 4-lane roadway with flush median to provide left turn lanes and bi-directional left turn. The roadway was last resurfaced in 2010. The current average daily traffic (ADT) varies from 10,900 between Edgelawn Drive to Randall Road and increases to 20,400 from Randall Road to Highland Avenue. The speed limit is posted at 35 mph within the project limits. There are five (5) signalized intersections within the project limits. These traffic signals were originally installed in 1995 with minor updates in 2009. Federal funds will be used for construction. Preliminary engineering has been completed with Design Approval received on March 13, 2023, and design engineering is underway.
Purpose of Project
The purpose of the project is to improve the roadway pavement, provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - accessible sidewalks and improve safety for all users.
The proposed improvements are comprised of traffic signal modernization, curb ramp reconstruction, spot sidewalk and bike path repairs, intersection corner radius improvements and pavement patching. The traffic signals will be modernized to include flashing yellow arrow (FYA) signal heads for left turn movements. Additional reflectorized backplates are proposed for the signal heads to improve visibility. Accessible pedestrian push buttons will be installed at the intersections and may include a message or a chirp to assist visually impaired pedestrians. All curb ramps that do not meet ADA requirements will be reconstructed to meet current standards. The project area will be resurfaced, and new pavement markings will be installed.
Flashing Yellow Arrow
Flashing yellow arrows (FYA) have been tried and proven to reduce collisions and increase safety on average at all locations where they have been implemented. A flashing yellow arrow operates the same as a solid circular green indication for left turns. The difference is that the flashing yellow arrow better conveys to drivers the need to yield to both oncoming traffic and pedestrians that may be crossing. Operationally, left turning traffic will traverse the intersection in the same way, but the signal displays will convey the information more intuitively. The FYA provides operational benefits and flexibility to engineers to implement a wider range of signal timing solutions at little to no subsequent cost.
- Flashing yellow arrow brochure: flashingYellow.pdf (countyofkane.org)
- Flashing yellow explanation video: IDOT Flashing Yellow Arrows - YouTube
- Flashing yellow arrow research: getfile.asp (illinois.edu)
The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2024, pending funding availability, railroad coordination, and the acquisition of the right-of-way necessary to construct the improvements.
Public Information Meeting
A public information meeting (PIM) was held on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the City Hall on the 5th floor. The meeting introduced the project, presented existing conditions, presented proposed improvements, discussed land acquisition process and solicited input from the public. The following were materials associated with the PIM:
We encourage comments throughout the course of the study. Comments received by June 22, 2022, will be added to the record of this public meeting. Questions or comments may be directed to:
Tim Weidner, P.E.
City of Aurora
Development Services Center
77 S. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60507-2067