State Street may be a great street in Chicago, but not so much in Montgomery.
In fact Montgomery’s State Street hasn’t really even been called State Street; it’s mistakenly gone by the name Raymond Drive.
Travel to the busy intersection of Montgomery Road and State Street on the village’ east side and you’ll see a street sign on the north side of Montgomery Road in Aurora bearing the name State Street. But on the south side of Montgomery Road at the same intersection in Montgomery, you’ll see a street sign that reads Raymond Drive.
Raymond Drive was constructed decades ago by the developers of the Marviray Manor subdivision. The village’s official plat map for the subdivision designates the one-block section of street that extends south of Montgomery Road as “State Street,” which then continues south and splits into Carol Place and Raymond Drive. But the street is named Raymond Drive according to Kane County documents and GIS maps.
To prevent any possibility for confusion, Village Administrator Jeff Zoephel recommended to the village board that Montgomery officially drop the State Street name and replace it with Raymond Drive.
The board accepted Zoephel’s recommendation Monday evening in a unanimous ballot.
In a memo to the board, Zoephel noted that by officially changing the street’s name to Raymond Drive, the village will “ensure consistency between entities and reduce potential negative impact on emergency (police, fire) response time to homes on the street.”
Prior to the board’s vote, Village President Matt Brolley asked Peter Wallers, the village’s engineering consultant, whether the name change would affect the homeowners along the street.
Wallers said the change would not since the homeowners have always used Raymond Drive as their street name.