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New Channahon Speedway not intended to be a truck stop, representative says

Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

A Channahon gas station is relocating and reconfiguring, and the Village Board this week unanimously approved a plan for it.

Speedway Gas Station and Convenience Store is located at 23901 W. Eames St., just east of Interstate 55 and on the south side of Route 6.

By the start of the 2019 winter holiday season, Speedway hopes to have the new station up and running at the northwest corner of Route 6 and Thomas Dillon Drive, with a 4,608-square foot store, 39 parking spaces and 16 fuel pumps in front, and four high-flow diesel lanes and nine truck parking spaces to the rear.

Speedway representative Rob Sweet said the focus will not be on trucks.

“We’re not a real truck stop,” he said at Monday’s Village Board meeting. “And we don’t want to be a truck stop.”

Sweet said the project will likely be a “90- to 100-day build.” The old Speedway could stay open for another 18 months.

Speedway also will install a sanitary sewer along the east side of Frontage Road to the northern line of Speedway; install a water main; redesign the entrance into the shopping center adjacent to Speedway; construct a right-turn lane on westbound Route 6; and add turn lanes to and expand Frontage Road.

Those improvements will serve the businesses in the strip mall next door, Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said. Channahon will reimburse Speedway for the improvements with rebates up to $955,817, from sales and fuel taxes the facility is expected generate. Village administrators expect the reimbursement will be completed in just over three years. In addition, Speedway will pay 2.36 percent of the cost for the new traffic signal at Route 6 and Frontage Road.

Channahon this week also approved a new agreement with PACE Paratransit for 2019. PACE provides door-to-door service to Channahon residents to and from locations within the Joliet region.

The agreement is for a maximum of 500 vehicle hours of service with an estimated local share amount of $7,675 for the residents of Channahon, Manhattan and Manhattan Township.

Last year, Channahon contributed $680 to the program and had about 13 percent of the cost, Durkin said, adding he estimates Channahon will spend about $1,010 in 2019 for the program.

This year’s one-way fares for riders will remain the same at $2 within the same municipality, $4 for the first 20 miles, and an additional $1 per mile charge when the origin and destination are outside the municipality.

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