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Warrior Dash Traffic to Affect 'Majority of the Village'

Police will make sections of Ridge Road, Hansel Road and McLinden Road one-way.

Residents in Channahon have known that Warrior Dash was coming to Dollinger Farms for some time. Those closest to the farm received a letter from the village a couple weeks ago, spelling out exactly how the village will be routing traffic. Basically, Hansel Road, Ridge Road and McLinden Road will become one-way routes.

Ridge Road, from Route 6 to Hansel Road will be one way, south only.

Hansel Road from Ridge Road to McLinden Road will be one way, west only.

McLinden Road, from Hansel Road to Route 6 will be one way, north only.

The 3.28-mile obstacle course already has more than 20,000 people registered to participate over two days – Saturday and Sunday. But officials are estimating that 10,000 more will be coming to town as observers.

“A majority of the village is going to be affected one way or another,” said Channahon Police Lt. Mark Fischer.

The subdivisions most affected are Deer Ridge, Hunters Crossing and Amberleigh Estates, as they will not have access to their side entrances because of the one-way roads.

In addition, Keating Point and Woods of Aux Sable subdivisions will be closed to all but emergency vehicles and local traffic.

The official word from the police department, included in the letter sent to residents, is this: “The Channahon Police Department, along with the Minooka Fire Protection District, medical providers and area public service agencies have been taking lessons learned from other venues who have hosted this race and have been planning for this event to make it as safe and trouble-free as possible.”

Anyone with questions is being asked to call 815-467-5152, or dial 911 if there is an emergency.

charlies angel June 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I feel stupid, what is warrior dash?
Vanessa Holloway June 17, 2011 at 02:38 PM
It's obstacle course is a little over three miles. Running, climbing over things, trudging through mud and fire. Similar to a boot camp setting. It starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day. Every hour a new group begins. Food and beer at the end of race for participants. The fee was $65. I believe you can register day of for a few more dollars. There is a website. Google warrior dash at Dollinger's Farm.
charlies angel June 17, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Thanks Vanessa! It sounds grueling but fun.
Karen Meier June 18, 2011 at 12:40 AM
I live and Amberleigh Estates and was not informed of this, I found out yesterday from my mother in Frankfort from Joliet Herald News, I see Yellow Pine Dr, which is where I live will be a main access to Ridge Road which is a route to this event. Traffic will be a mess, does anyone know if they will be allowed to park in my subdevision? People will not want to pay, so they will park where parking is free. I have seen today signs along ridge road that there will be shuttles to take people to Dollinger. As I am typing this now at 7:32pm, traffic which is very light usually, is quite busy. Thanks for the info or no info as I have to find out from people who live a half an hour away. Hope no one planned events at their homes here this weekend, I feel bad for you, it sounds like a mess, I hope I am very wrong.
Rose Fields June 18, 2011 at 01:15 AM
With all the traffic using Rt. 6 to avoid the construction on I 80 this is going to be a real mess!
JLO June 18, 2011 at 01:18 AM
I hope it is a downpour with heavy winds and dangerous lightening. There is going to be over 10,000 cars, vans, motorcycles, etc. on a road that the current civil servants can't properly police as it is ( Rt 6) and absolutely not enough places to park. I have to say I've been wondering all evening--who got paid? hmmmmm???
JLO June 18, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Also-- how do the rights of the residents, the taxpayers get usurped to the general public?
allie selk June 18, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Sad that people are hating on the event. I'm running in it and think it will be a fun community event. There is a lot of parking onsite and the race is 2 days with start times in waves, so 20,000 ppl aren't all going to be crammed in at one time.
JLO June 18, 2011 at 02:32 AM
This event has absolutely nothing to do with "community"... it has to do with CASH and who is getting paid and it isn't the taxpayers or regular joe's and janes whose lives are going to be disrupted this weekend. You miss the point... it's the fact that the Village can't police the area with regular traffic - let alone 10,000 cars over two days.
Lori June 18, 2011 at 03:24 AM
I'm sure traffic will be a little screwed up but it is only for 2 days. It seems you can't go anywhere anymore without running into messed up traffic along the way. This event should generate some extra business and revenue for some of the businesses in town and I think someone should be congratulated for pulling this off and convincing so many people to come to our neck of the woods-as long as they all leave at some point!!
Mike June 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM
There are usually 15,000 cars travelling on Route 6 every day during the week. Being a weekend, traffic will be less than that (plus event traffic). If there are 20,000 people coming, over 2 days, spread out over 10 hours, That's only 1000 people per hour - all of which aren't going to drive by themselves. Just bringing this many people to Channahon/Minooka, who otherwise may have never heard of our towns, is a good thing. I'm sure the restaurants and businesses along Ridge Road and Route 6 are not complaining. Maybe someone will even like the area enough to buy one of the many empty houses and lots sitting vacant. I don't know how the taxes work on the income from this, but 20,000 people at $65 a piece is a significant amount of revenue ($1.3m). Sure, maybe traffic around Ridge Road may be a little hectic at times, but it's only for a few hours during the day for one weekend, and everyone has had plenty of time and notice to prepare... I went to Jewel last night. Those complaining about current traffic are probably the same people that speed through my neighborhood in a big hurry.
MAD June 18, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Thanks Dollinger's for ruining the Minooka and Channahon area,this use to be a nice quiet area to live but not anymore and Thanks also to the local government for letting such an event to take place...... so nice to see that you care about local resident who pay taxes..... (NOT)
charlies angel June 18, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Even though I didn't know what this event was, I think it's good for our area. Are you constantly driving around in your neighborhood all day long? A 2 day event isn't bad. As far as I am seeing, the traffic seems to be normal right now. We whine & cry about everything whether it's good or bad. You can't please everyone. I agree it's creating revenue for the local businesses. We need to support our village, not be against it. What's wrong with a social event that people want to participate in? it's really no different gathering for the fireworks display. At least the traffic is being designated which is far more safer than traveling down to Pilot by 55. Just my thought!
charlies angel June 18, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Also, I'm really sick of people using the tax line. Come on, there will always be taxes. Do something about it if you're unhappy. So can you do anything about taxes? Not really, so if you're unhappy move to a lower tax bracket area or have your tea party. Sitting around whining about isn't proactive & won't change the amount on your tax bill. The values of homes aren't coming up either. Am i sitting here crying all day long?
Frank Rizzo June 13, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I would like to use these shuttles in 2012 since the Warrior Dash is charging $20 to park. Does anyone know the names of the places having the shuttles?

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