Salem Lakes OKs stop signs at JF and Rock Lake Road and 90th Street at 268th Avenue


There soon will be a few more places to come to a complete stop in Salem Lakes after action taken this week by the Village Board.

The board approved a resolution asking the county to place a three-way stop at the intersection of 259th Avenue (Rock Lake Road) and 119th Street in Rock Lake. The board also approved the placement of a stop sign on 90th Street at 268th Avenue in Salem.

The request for the stop sign in Rock Lake came from Bruce Francart, one of the owners of the restaurant at the intersection. That request has to go to the county for final action because it involves county Highway JF.

County Board Chairman Kim Breunig spoke about the Rock Lake sign placement at the Village Board’s Aug. 14 meeting, where the sign was discussed. She assured Village Board members the county would follow through with the placement — which is in her supervisory district.

“It’s a real quick process, but they do require a resolution from the village,” Breunig said.

There was some discussion among board members and staff on Aug. 14 about whether the sign was warranted, with Highway Department Supervisor Mike Murdock pointing out that stop signs are not effective at controlling speed on a road. Instead, he said, people only slow down where they are afraid they will be ticketed.

Both signs were approved unanimously on Monday with Trustee Dan Campion absent. Campion had been the lone no vote against the Rock Lake sign on Aug. 14.

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  1. Jake says:

    EXCELLENT! Thanks Bruce! This is one end of the JF that is getting a fix. NOW, instead of repaving JF….can’t the State and Kenosha County put STOP LIGHTS ON 83 AND JF.

  2. Roundabout says:

    How about a “Roundabout” much safer according to FACTS and statistics that are unfortunately ignored by a few “I don’t like them” drivers. Wouldn’t you rather get broadsided by someone going 15 mph than someone speeding up to much faster mph so they can cross while the light is still yellow.

  3. Roundabout says:

    How about a “Roundabout” much safer according to FACTS and statistics that are unfortunately ignored by a few “I don’t like them” drivers. Wouldn’t you rather get broadsided by someone going 15 mph than someone speeding up to much faster mph so they can cross while the light is still yellow?

  4. Fixed? Hardly! says:

    I’m not sure what is being accomplished here by putting stop signs at this intersection. Is it being done to slow traffic down thus to provide some sort of safer way for the colony house customers to cross the road from their across the street parking lots? If so, I think this line of thinking is incorrect.

    Currently the restaurant customers cross when there’s a break in the traffic at their own peril. But once the stop signs go in the customers will then cross indiscriminately assuming that cars are going to stop at the stop sign. What is going to happen if a car does not stop at the stop sign?

    What is the history of accidents at this intersection? There hasn’t been a stop sign at this intersection on the North South road ever. Drivers are not going to be perfect identifying and stopping at this new stop sign. Restaurant customers are incorrectly going to assume they are now safe when they are actually in more peril than they are currently with no signage.
    I hope the county does a study here and tries to understand what the goal of putting the stop sign in is. If slowing traffic is the issue than stop signs do not solve that. If making it safer for the restaurants customers then stop signs are an inadequate solution.

    While I’m all for supporting businesses and helping them with whatever infrastructure and governmental help they might need, this is not it.

  5. Fixed? Hardly! says:

    Traffic on JF travels at high speeds and dumps on to 259st. That is a residential street with a 25 mph speed limit. That alone warrants a stop sign.

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