Motorists on Madison Street will have to slow it down by five miles per hour, following a split vote by the Oak Park Board of Trustees.

The board voted 4-3 to reduce the speed limit on the commercial corridor to 25 miles per hour. Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb and trustees Deno Andrews, Jim Taglia and Susan Buchanan voted in favor of the speed reduction, while trustees Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Simone Boutet and Dan Moroney cast the no votes.

Village Engineer Bill McKenna said the recommendation comes as part of the “road diet” reworking of the roadway, which is reducing a section of Madison Street to two lanes.

Buchanan noted that residents have voiced concerns that the speed reduction will encourage motorists to divert to nearby Washington Boulevard, where the speed limit remains 30 miles per hour.

McKenna said the speed limit on Washington cannot be reduced by the village because it is a state highway. Ridgeland also is a state highway where the speed limit remains 30 miles per hour.

Roadways around the perimeter of the village also are 30 miles per hour, McKenna said.

“Madison is the only interior street that is not a state highway that is 30 miles per hour currently,” he said, adding that the speed reduction on Madison is aimed at improving safety along the commercial corridor. 

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