New signal posts misaligned

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I have a problem with one corner of the new signals that are being put at the intersection of Wisconsin and Washington. The southeast corner signal posts are not correctly aligned. In fact, one large one is actually in the middle of the sidewalk and a very abrupt jog was made to the sidewalk where the post holding a future large upright is going to be put in. 

Someone at IDOT should be notified of this horrible discrepancy immediately. Apparently no one took a tree down that is too close to where the sidewalks meet. The engineering just worked around where they could and built a post in the sidewalk area and made a very abrupt jog in the sidewalk, which I'm sure people will have a problem with. 

Going west on the sidewalk on Washington and then south on Wisconsin, people will see that just cutting across the southeast corner lawn would be easier than navigating this goofy jog where a post will be. This post should be between the sidewalk and curb but they put a box in the ground next to said tree that should have been removed. The box says, "Traffic Signal." It is in the place where the large post would normally be. 

Cut down the tree and do the southeast corner correctly so signals are right. Please investigate this and don't take no it's OK for an answer before it's too late!

Steven McDonough 

North Riverside 

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Kyle P. Eichenberger  

Posted: November 15th, 2017 7:21 AM

Mr. McDonough, I'm a local resident who has been following the project closely over the last 3 years we've been trying to get the signal built. They had very meticulous surveys and markers placed over the course of the project and it required quite a bit of underground work including moving a fire hydrant. And I know the state (who controls Washington) and village (who paid for the signal) had a long debate about the design...especially over that turn lane which, unfortunately, takes away parking. My guess is the engineering is a compromise given the property lines, not wanting to take more trees down than absolutely necessary, and where the cables need to be for the system. I was happy to see they saved all but one large branch of the one tree on the SW corner. The sidewalk jog is definitely...odd...but we're just happy to have the traffic light after a long ordeal. Honestly? I'm more concerned with the standing water that regularly collects on the south side of the street than placement of the poles.

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