Proposed modifications to the intersection of Touhy, Rogers and Ridge received mixed reviews at last night’s community meeting amid concerns that the plan failed to address the traffic backups and confusion that occurs frequently on eastbound Rogers at Ridge.
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) engineers presented a plan similar to one proposed at a community meeting last March. The proposal extends 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.
Residents 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 the lack of community support for the plan expressed at the meeting, I asked the engineers to take another look at their proposal and consider possibly modifying the plan to include a left turn signal for westbound Rogers traffic at Ridge.
Funding for design improvements to the intersection was approved by the voters in the 2011 Election Results, but the City delayed implementation of the plan until Peoples Gas finished with its gas main installation work in the area. The gas main work was completed last year and the City is ready to move forward with construction of a newly reconfigured intersection.
I appreciate the thoughtful comments expressed by the approximately 50 community residents who attended last night’s meeting. I will continue to keep you apprised as the traffic engineers continue to struggle with a very difficult intersection layout.