Where Could Oak Lawn Use Another Traffic Light?

Tell us where in Oak Lawn you think there should be another traffic light, stop sign, speed hump or other traffic control device.

Do you sometimes feel as if you're taking your life and those of children's into your hands trying to make a left turn on to one of Oak Lawn's main thoroughfares? And forget about crossing an intersection on 95th Street or Cicero Avenue where there isn't a traffic control device on the corner.

If you could put a traffic light anywhere in Oak Lawn, where would that be? Perhaps your street needs a stop sign, speed hump or other traffic control device.

We can think of a few locations in Oak Lawn where a traffic light or some other traffic calming device would come in handy, but we want to hear from you.

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If you truly feel strongly about putting some type of traffic control device in your neighborhood or by your church or kids' school, we don't think Oak Lawn's Traffic Review Committee gets enough love.

The Traffic Review Committee reviews and make recommendations to the on all citizens' petitions for traffic control changes, such as requests for speed reductions, stop signs and traffic control devices.

Members also review and make recommendations on studies prepared by consultants hired by the village, according to the Oak Lawn municipal code, as well as short- and long-term traffic policies.

Each village trustee appoints one member to the committee, and the seventh is a resident who is appointed at large. Members of the committee are Oak Lawn residents.

Citizens who want to petition for a traffic change need to stop by the engineering department at Village Hall. On the back of the form are lines for the neighbors in your area to sign supporting the traffic request.

Petitions must be submitted to the engineering department before the Wednesday morning a week prior to the next Traffic Review Committee meeting to get on the agenda.

The Traffic Review Committee meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Oak Lawn Village Hall.

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Dave W. May 22, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I'm confused...how many people didn't attend some form of driving school or have not been driving for thirty years if not? Anyone? WHY CAN'T YOU MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN? Seriously, because some people don't know how to judge traffic, others have to make a thousand right handed turns to get someplace? How about instead you take a class on driving, or stop driving? Leave the road to people that can do it...yeesh. Also, STOP with blocking off side streets. They blocked off Cook Ave (for really no good reason, there are like five parking spots there, yeah, that was brilliant), and people STILL zip down the block, sometimes faster, because they are aggravated the road is blocked. The only difference is people on our block have to drive all the way to 54th to get out and go west, because we REALLY don't want to use 52nd to get out, that light/area is a complete clustermess. The cops cater WAY too much to the yuppies getting out, and traffic on 52nd after a train backs up to 97th sometimes. I live in the area (obviously) and I hardly go to Palermos because it is ridiculous to get over there. If I order out, I take my bike, but I don't go in the three seasons of the year. Good plan there. OL Resident is right; people will just not stop of shop at those places. Speaking of the light on 54th, that thing takes FOREVER to change. If you miss the light, you can wait five minutes or more (I've timed it, because what else is there to do?) if there no other cars on the sensors.
Bob May 23, 2012 at 03:29 AM
You are absolutely right I live on Cook and our street at train time is horrible!
Bob May 23, 2012 at 03:36 AM
This is a must to put speed humps on Cook between 97th and 98th the train people speed down here and if they hit one of my kids. WATCH OUT!!!!! All the train traffic pulling out of where Beatty Lumber is should be forced to turn right on 52nd and go north to 95th this is a residential area not a shortcut for the commuters! Also put the speed humps in our alleys or signs that say private drive only!
Bob May 23, 2012 at 03:46 AM
The village should have NEVER closed off Cook now at rush hour you sit on 52nd for atleast 15 minutes waiting for the train people to pull out. I have an idea if they tear down the old lumber yard and put a train parking lot there and have the commuters pull in and out of where they come out now, but put up signs saying no Train Traffic south on 52nd that would solve alot of the conjestion!
Margaret May 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
If a police cruiser would just direct traffic in and out of SIMMONS every morning and after school they will prevent a child from being killed. HAVE YOU SEEN IT OVER THERE? INSANE. Children running across the street in front of buses, cars going down Ridgeland, mad because of the backup pulling in to that dead end are whipping around the backed up traffic. NO SCHOOL ZONE SIGNS! I have called and called the Police and Traffic and even went in. I LEFT IN TEARS. I have lost all faith in our POLICE DEPARTMENT. They direct traffic out of church. We are talking about 10-13 year old kids - COME ON - they direct traffic out of the high school with older children. WHAT DON'T THEY GET! Waiting for a child to be killed before they get the message. I have been complaining for years - I HAVE HAD ENOUGH. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!


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