The long-awaited resurfacing of Touhy Avenue from Sheridan to Western will begin next week, weather permitting. Part of that project includes reconfiguring the intersection of Touhy, Rogers and Ridge to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.
Bigane Paving Company is the general contractor for this project. The first stage of the resurfacing project will consist of “milling” Touhy from Sheridan to just east of Damen. The contractor then will lay the first of two lifts of asphalt on the milled area and proceed with patching and structure adjustments.
The 1500 block of Touhy, which was resurfaced recently, will be skipped.
As resurfacing work is taking place on the eastern portion of the project area, the contractor will proceed with the sidewalk and curb and gutter repair on the western segment from Rogers to Western. That work should continue until mid-November. Once the concrete work on that segment is complete, the contractor will proceed with milling and resurfacing Touhy from Damen to Western.
The entire project should be complete by the end of November, weather permitting.
During construction, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted periodically as required in each area. These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Improvements to Touhy/Rogers/Ridge intersection
As I noted in an October 4th email, the contractor will also 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. The contractor also will install left-turn-only lanes on both eastbound Touhy and westbound Rogers at Ridge.
Finally, the department will install a right-turn-only lane on westbound Touhy at Ridge.
These left- and right-turn-only lanes are designed to reduce traffic congestion at the intersection and make for a safer and more orderly traffic flow across Ridge. These changes were based on community input received from a series of community meetings I held over the last several years.
Below is an illustration of the intersection as it appears now (top), followed by an illustration of the intersection as it will appear after the improvements are made (bottom):
At a community meeting last year, CDOT engineers indicated the installation of a new traffic signal on Rogers east of the intersection may be warranted, but that a funding source would need to be identified. New traffic signals can cost upwards of $250,000 or more.
City traffic engineers believe the new intersection configuration may make a traffic signal at Rogers unnecessary. The engineers will continue to monitor traffic flow at the intersection after the improvements are made and report back to me and the community.