The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) informs me that north-south traffic on Glenwood at the intersection with North Shore will be detoured starting this Monday, October 15th, for the construction of a raised crosswalk and additional sewer catch basins.
This construction is part of the 49th Ward Greenway project, which aims to provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe, low-stress way to traverse the neighborhood from Edgewater to Evanston.
The raised crosswalk at North Shore will make pedestrians more visible to cyclists and drivers, while improving sight lines for pedestrians as they cross Glenwood. The design of the crosswalk features a gentle slope and flat walking surface that encourages drivers and cyclists to proceed cautiously.
Raised crosswalks are not as dramatic as traditional speed humps. They have a longer cross-section, so they are unlikely to cause cars to bottom out or create loud noise as vehicles pass over them.
CDOT selected this intersection for a raised crosswalk because of its offset alignment, relatively high pedestrian and vehicle counts, and the fact that North Shore is a major corridor for students and families walking to and from Kilmer Elementary School and Sullivan High School.
These raised crosswalks, or “speed tables,” have been installed elsewhere in Chicago, most notably on Palmer Blvd. in Logan Square (above), and W. School at N. Clifton in Lakeview (right).
As an added benefit, additional sewer catch basins will be installed at Glenwood and North Shore. This is necessary given the new raised crosswalk structure, and should help alleviate standing water issues that have plagued this corner for some time.
During construction, drivers and bicyclists traveling north on Glenwood from Devon will be directed to go east on Albion to Lakewood, north on Lakewood to Pratt, and west on Pratt to Glenwood.
Drivers and bicyclists traveling south on Glewnwood from Pratt will be directed to go west on North Shore to Newgard, south on Newgard to Albion, and east on Albion to Glenwood.
Drivers and bicyclists traveling west on North Shore will be able to go south on Glenwood, but drivers and cyclists seeking to go north on Glenwood or continue traveling west on North Shore should use Lakewood instead.
Access to homes on the 6600 block of Glenwood will be allowed from the south only.
Below is a map that illustrates the detours:
CDOT informed me of two other updates on the Greenway construction.
First, they expect to fill and landscape all the curb extensions and traffic circles along Glenwood, Greenview and Jonquil by the end of next week, weather permitting.
Second, contraflow bike lanes will be installed in the coming days on Greenview from Morse to Farwell, on Farwell from Greenview to Glenwood, and on Glenwood (southbound) from Farwell to Pratt. Please observe all parking restrictions in this area so crews can complete this work in a timely fashion. “No parking” signs should be posted at least 48 hours ahead of time.
The 49th Ward Greenway project is funded through a combination of aldermanic “menu” money, designated through my Participatory Budgeting process, and federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement funds. Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements have been some of the most popular Participatory Budgeting projects since I began the process nine years ago.
Thank you in advance for your patience during this traffic disruption.