I invite you to attend a community meeting for an update from the City’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the department’s efforts to find ways to improve the intersection at Touhy, Rogers and Ridge. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 4th, 7:00 p.m., at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers.
Funding for design improvements was approved by the voters in the 2011 Participatory Budgeting election, but the City delayed implementation of the plan until Peoples Gas finished with its gas main installation work in the area about a year and a half ago. Since then, I’ve sponsored a series of community meetings on this topic in which CDOT solicited the opinions of nearby neighbors and motorists who use the intersection. Next week’s meeting will be the latest and, hopefully, final meeting on this topic.
As a result of this community input, CDOT already has changed the timing of the existing traffic signals at Touhy and Ridge to keep traffic flowing. CDOT will explain at Thursday’s meeting the exact nature of this timing change.
CDOT will once again propose to extend the curb at the southwest corner of the Touhy and Rogers intersection to reduce the angle between Touhy and Rogers and shorten the crosswalk at that location from 100 feet to 40 feet. Below is an illustration of the plan:
Residents at the previous meetings generally agreed that the plan would likely enhance the safety of pedestrians crossing at Touhy and Rogers, but argued that it did little to address the problems caused by westbound Touhy traffic merging with westbound Rogers traffic just east of Ridge.
Given those concerns, I asked CDOT’s engineers to take another look at their proposal and consider additional modifications to their plan. As a result, CDOT will propose at Thursday’s meeting the installation of a new traffic signal on Rogers east of the intersection. Details of this new traffic signal proposal will be provided at the meeting.
The curb extension proposal can be implemented next year from money that is already allocated through my Participatory Budgeting process. However, additional funding will need to be identified to install the traffic signals. Participatory Budgeting is one possible source of funding.
Please come to the meeting with your ideas and comments. If you are unable to attend the meeting please share your thoughts and questions by replying to this email.