Save Brown Derby Road!!
We are petitioning the Illinois Dept. of Transportation stop the closure of Brown Derby Road in Thornton, IL. Your support is requested because the Village Board in Thornton has already voted to shut down this primary route of ingress & egress to please members of the Homewood Village Board and Menard's, Inc. They did so directly against the wishes of a great many of the Thornton community, and now we need IDOT's assistance in resolving the matter. Brown Derby Road cannot close without IDOT approval. The reasons why BDR should remain open include:Closing this road will add increased travel time for Emergency Medical Services to the local hospital when a few minutes could be the difference between life and death.
Over time, traffic will decrease, leading to falling revenues to local businesses and increased difficulty in attracting new businesses. In a community of only 2,300 residents that will be disastrous.
Increased traffic flow on alternate routes (state-owned Ridge Rd.) will lead to undesirable economic and business climate changes, especially for the local trucking industry (lost time, extra fuel, additional wear & tear on vehicles and equipment).
The economic incentives from the closure equal to less than 1% of the annual Village of Thornton budget.
Increased state tax burden for maintenance costs to Ridge Rd.
This petition is NOT solely for Village of Thornton residents. It is for Thornton and the surrounding communities that would be adversely affected by a closure. Brown Derby Road is a valuable asset to a great many people that needs to remain open.