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Issued - October 24, 2005  Rate Your Representatives

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Subject: Exhibit Supporting the Traffic Redesign by the City for Greenwood and CORRECTS belief that the traffic impact will be small.

Re: 3. Case Numbers: MA-05-01: Map Amendment from the R-2 Two Family Residential District to the R-4 Multiple Family Residential District PUD-05-01: Preliminary Planned Residential Development at 464-516 North Northwest Highway.

CORRECTS has been keenly watching and investigating the intersections of Greenwood at Northwest Highway, Busse and Touhy. These intersections are at capacity as currently designed and utilized, every time a train closes the gate on Greenwood. Because the area is at saturation, any new traffic will bring more pain.

However, given an excellent traffic design put forth by the Heinz Group and the expected low utilization as a condominium, we believe the Heinz Group have done an excellent job and created a viable traffic solution. Therefore, CORRECTS recommends that Planning Zoning not disapprove this project based on auto and pedestrian traffic issues.

The City of Park Ridge has been actively involved with the Traffic Consultants of Gewalt Hamilton, City Public Works staff and IDOT and have come up with an elegant solution to the traffic gridlock which currently exists. Something, simply must be done for the benefit of our citizens and provided a reasonable expected service levels from it City Officials. What the City and IDOT are proposing is that the Greenwood traffic lights from Northwest Highway, to Busse Highway to Touhy be computerized with intelligence and sensors to move traffic along and interconnected, rather than waste time holding up auto traffic as old fashioned dumb traffic signals do. This use of mixing technology and adding a few permanent right turn lanes, should bring back traffic to an acceptable and appropriate level needed now and into the future.

There is great support amongst staff and certain elected officials, such as the mayor to provide the citizens living in that area, what they deserve by executing this new traffic plan, just as they would deserve adequate water pressure by the city, should it need to be adjusted later. This project is funded largely from $1,000,000 infrastructure U.S. grant to city of Park Ridge and therefore should be strongly encouraged to be approved.

I ask that Planning and Zoning, include a non-binding recommendation to the City Council Aldermen, that the general traffic for this area does need to be improved and formally encourage it. For if the City Council does not approve this project, Park Ridge’s future and well being will be severely injured, along with all the residents in that area and commuters.

permanent right turn lanes:

By adding a few permanent right turn lanes, it will allow much of traffic which is gridlock to extend and escape to the destination street they wish, thus reducing the amount of cycle time when each signal goes green. This provides a large bang for the buck improvement on Park Ridge bottlenecks. Drawing of turns is NOT to scale.

 Example Right Turn Shown are:

  1. Create a right turn lane at the Kentucky Fried Chicken to allow northbound turns onto Greenwood. The number of feet used to the north would be only one lane at 15’
  2. Create a right turn lane at the Shell Service Station to allow Westbound turns onto Touhy. The number of feet used to the west would be only one lane at 15’
  3. Widen 15’  earlier to current right turn lane at the Dental Plaza to allow eastbound turns onto Busse Highway.
  4. Create a right turn lane at the Jewel to allow northbound turns onto Greenwood. The number of feet used to the north would be only one lane at 15’
  5. Widen 15’  earlier to current right turn lane at the Heinz Property to allow eastbound turns onto Northwest Highway.
  6. Create a right turn lane at the Mitsubishi Dealer to allow southbound turns onto Greenwood. The number of feet used to the north would be only one lane at 15’
  7. Create a right turn lane on Greenwood southbound to allow westbound turns onto Northwest Highway. The number of feet used to the west would be only one lane at 15’
  8. Create a right turn lane on Northwest Highway at the Park Ridge Country Club  to allow northbound turns onto Greenwood. The number of feet used to the north would be only one lane at 15’


Cordially,


C.O.R.R.E.C.T.S.  – George Kirkland
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George Kirkland

george_kirkland@corrects.org

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