Oak Park: Slow it down on Madison

Village Board of Trustees reduces speed limit to 25 mph

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

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. 

tim@oakpark.com

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Michael O'Malley  

Posted: September 24th, 2019 11:58 AM

Let's recap, shall we. The village board revives the all but dead Madison Road Diet after a previous board essentially tables the plan because it won't work. The village engineer comes before the entire village and under represents the traffic on Madison by 30%. A bicycle group jiggers the numbers on accidents on Madison, many of which didn't happen on Madison. One week before the final vote the KLOA traffic study is released revealing that the traffic on Madison is about 24,000 vehicle per day ?" not the 17,000 claimed by the village. The study says that traffic flows on Madison will deteriorate significantly as will traffic at most of the intersections ?" which will negatively impact Ridgeland Ave, Oak Park Ave, East Ave, and just about every street that crosses Madison. Traffic backs up across the village. Now the village wants the jammed traffic to slow down? Amazing.

Jenna Brown Russell  

Posted: September 23rd, 2019 8:48 PM

Madison may have been the only non-state hwy with a 30MPH, but it moved well, and kept traffic down in residential streets. You folks have really broken that solution. Expensively.

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