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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O.L. Resident May 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
92nd and Tulley desperately needs a STOP SIGN. This is one block east of Covington School. Everyday I see children waiting to cross while cars just speed by. It's busy enough with cars everywhere from parents picking up there children. But than you get cars that are passing though this intersection and sometime cannot even see the kids. If you are a parent at Covington I am sure you are aware of this. If my child had to walk home I would be very afraid. 92ND and TULLEY NEEDS A STOP SIGN!!!!!
Cayres08 May 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I live near 96th and Central Ave. (Home of the Oak Lawn Speedway). There are numerous accidents between 96th and 97th & Central. There are many out-of-town drivers turning onto our local streets and impatient drivers trying to avoid the turning lane at 95th St. I cringe every time I hear screeching tires. I think the intersection at 97th & Central needs to be evaluated with a viable solution to prevent the insanity that occurs there every day! My husband and I have been to a Traffic Review meeting and were laughed at by the attending police officer when we offered solutions for a safer crosswalk for the school children who need to cross there. A traffic light or some other traffic control device is much needed before one of these accidents ends up with the loss of one our loved ones.
zula 5 May 22, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The stop signs at 109th Keeler are useless. No one stops they fly right through. What we need is a traffic car to issue some citations periodically maybe the people will get the hint.
Sara May 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Why doesn't the city block off some of the side streets from accessing 95th? Like on Parkside or Major? All people do is fly thru the residential area so they don't have to sit through the 95th and Central light. I would love to see them do something similar to what they did east of the metra station on most of the residential streets off of 95th. I am sure there are other areas this could also work but these I am most familiar with.
James Peschel May 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Light at 94th and Ridgeland. Although it is a dead-end street for dropping the students at Simmons; trying to get back on Ridgeland especially a left turn is next to impossible. I realize the light would be very close to 95th Street, however sooner or later there will be accidents if there haven't been already.
James Peschel May 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Light on 94th and Ridgeland. Although it is a dead-end street for dropping the students at Simmons, trying to get back on Ridgeland especially a left turn is next to impossible. I realize the light would be very close to 95th Street, however sooner or later there will be accidents if there haven't been some already.
melissa May 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Yes, whoever decided the light on SW and Central did not need turn lanes was crazy. This is one of the most annoying intersections in the village for sure.
Colleen May 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
The hospital is already vying for the 95th and Kilbourn stoplight. Poor residents on Kilbourn will get a taste of what it's like to live on Kostner with the cars speeding through.
JR May 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I agree, this is one of the most needed traffic flow improvements in Oak Lawn
Grunty May 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
It would be very simple and easy to just make central avenue have three stages to the lights. SWHWY both directions would be normal as it is now. Then Central avenue would have traffic go southbound for 30 seconds (or whatever is appropriate) then 30 seconds northbound (maybe even shorter as the northbound side doesn't seem to get as backed up. There are a couple intersections in downer's grove that I used to drive through that are like this and it works out pretty well. I really don't know the cost, but it seems like that would be a quick and easy solution to that intersection.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
A traffic light costs between $300K and $500K.
Grunty May 22, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I really thinkt he solution to this is to make 103rd street go to ridgeland somehow. I know there is a mess of tracks there, but maybe divert it north or south a bit to join in with one of the existing streets or something. Maybe have it go to oxford or something. I think it will reduce the amount of people going for a left turn on 95th and cicero, which is what makes other people want to divert down 99th. Its like 3 cycles of lights sometimes before you can make your left turn. No idea if it'd actually work though, but yeah, always hated that 103rd didn't go through...
Grunty May 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Yeah, I heard that somewhere else too. That's why I think reprogramming that light at swhy and central might be a cheaper way to go.
OakLawnGuy May 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Dave T, that WAS the original plan. No one checked with Illinois, and this lack of due diligence created the 52nd Ave mess. Seems the Village and contractor both forgot to ask if cars could empty onto 95th, and, according to Illinois, they cannot. Between that Beatty entrance/exit and the 52nd Ave entrance to the strip mall, this intersection has become a circus.
OakLawnGuy May 22, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Getting a left turn lane at this intersection has been an ongoing project for probably 4-5 years now. Several studies have been done, last I heard from Mr. Olejniczak was the County has it now.
Pat F May 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
What about a speed bump or stop sign by 91st Street and Mayfield to slow down the traffic? From Austin to Menard is like a raceway! No street crosses 91st and the people really pour it on.. It's a busy enough street without people using it as a racetrack!! There are a lot of children in the neighborhood plus the children walking home from school right there could get seriously hurt. The high school kids also turn east off Austin and gun it!! How about more Police in this area when the schools are getting out until a speed bump or sign can be installed!!
Chris May 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
About 3 years ago the residents along 93rd Street between Oak Park Ave and Nashville initiated a petition for a speed bump. This went before the traffic committee and was APPROVED. They were to put this one up the following spring. After many calls finally last year we were told that they didn't have any more speed bumps, no money to buy more---- but that after baseball season they would move the one that is on 93rd west of Oak Park. We are still waiting. Has a magic money bag fallen out of the sky for traffic improvements??? Can you get the village to implement what was already APPROVED????
Chris May 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
There is already a light at 93rd street. How about making it illegal to turn Left at that intersection during school hours. Common sense would say that when traffic is heavy turn right and then proceed the safest route to your destination. A light would tie up traffic 7x24 for a "problem" that is present for about 15 to 30 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day.
OL Resident May 22, 2012 at 05:20 PM
There needs to be a left turn signal for Central avenue to travel on to 93st. The question was not " HOW MUCH" but " WHERE WOULD". This is all hypothetical. Making left turns illegal will only send traffic down residential streets (like 91St or 92nd) and then the residents will want speed bumbs and more stops signs there as well. Central Avenue is a County Highway and is maintained by the County. The least they can do is extend the N-S Central light to run longer from 4-6 weekdays.
J. J. Zurek May 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I believe if the CITY COUNCIL would eliminate all LEFT TURNS PERIOD in the Village of Oak Lawn, the Traffic Flow would be much more safer period, and traffic would flow a lot better then it does now at peak times. I believe it is either UPS and/or FedEx whom does not permit it's drivers to make left turns and that reduceded the over all Traffic Safety for the Company and the Crash Reports were diminished by 27% Company Wide.
J. J. Zurek May 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I guess you could say something like three (3) rights is much better then one (1) left. It would eliminate the last one (1) or two (2) motorists from actually blowing the RED LIGHT becasue they are tired of waiting their turn, eliminating the other drivers from stopping short and being Rear Ended, or the Driver Blowing the Red Light from being T-boned and arguing he/she had a YELLOW LIGHT.
OL Resident May 22, 2012 at 06:46 PM
JJ you could say that. You could also say that the only people who will ignore the no left turns will be: lost out of towners, distracted phone users, and drunk drivers. No left turns are for one way streets and intersections of 5 or more. Your suggestion will have more motorists driving around in circles thru residential neighborhoods... not all the way down to the next street light on 95th or 91st or..... As for package delivery drivers making right hand turns, they are taught that way because it makes them do their work faster. Yes, they do route themselves to make as many right turns as they can. When you are trying to get to a destination and you need to make a left hand turn, motorists are going to do it because that is the fastest way to get home. Q.When people begin driving past business' because they cannot make a left to go to/leave from Freshline, Walgreens, Mancari's, Webb, Palermo's, Primo's etc. Whom will the Village look at to pay the taxes lost from business? Advocate Hospital ? NOPE! It is you ...and me. Like it or not left hand turns are here; and they are staying.
Karen J May 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
95th and Kilbourn for a stoplight definitely! The hospital traffic is incredible and there are peope who have no regard for emergency vehicles or children and seniors.
andy skoundrianos May 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
99th and Ridgeland Try crossing west!!! You have north and south traffic,plus traffic from the mall and the commons Don't know who's jurisdiction it is Ridge or Oak Lawn??
Ol.Warlord May 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
There should be some kind of signal on S.W. Highway and 53rd Ct.for the fire dept. That's an accident waiting to happen!
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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