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Traffic counter causes a stir

  • What would be determined as an Illinois Department of Transportation traffic counter is shown at the intersection of State and Stacey streets in Chester on Monday.

    What would be determined as an Illinois Department of Transportation traffic counter is shown at the intersection of State and Stacey streets in Chester on Monday.
    Pete Spitler/Herald Tribune

 
 
updated: 8/8/2017 12:15 PM

A strange apparatus set up at the corner of State and Stacey streets in Chester on Monday caused a stir locally as curious motorists inquired as to what the device was and what it was for.

The device, which featured a long pole with what appeared to be a camera on top, was chained to the stop sign on the south side of the intersection.

According to Illinois Department of Transportation officials, the device was a traffic counter that was installed by IDOT to get counts of vehicle traffic along State Route 150.

"This is our traffic counter installed by us," said IDOT representative Dan Muskopf in an email. "It will be removed (Monday) afternoon.

"It was installed to get counts on the marked route. We do them every 2 years on marked routes."

A 2013 Google Earth image showed a similar device on the opposite side of Stacey Street next to Chester National Bank.