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Riverside trustees discuss ad hoc committee for First Avenue safety plans

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 5:42 p.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:14 p.m. CST

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Village Board briefly discussed the creation of an ad hoc commission to address safety concerns at First Avenue and Forest Avenue / Ridgewood Road at the Thursday meeting.

Members of the board said there was significant interest from residents in the community to form a committee to come up with possible solutions to a potentially dangerous pedestrian traffic situation on First Avenue near Riverside Brookfield High School.

In February, the board approved the signing of a letter of intent with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to make some significant safety improvements to the intersection at First and Forest avenues near the high school.

Still, trustees and residents are concerned IDOT's proposed plans, which include new traffic signals and lane changes, do not go far enough. Some residents believe a pedestrian bridge or underpass is the ideal solution to getting pedestrians across busy First Avenue safely.

Village President Ben Sells asked if trustees felt a new, independent committee was necessary, or if the job of proposing solutions should go to the village's Safe Environment Commission.

Due to the public's interest and wanting to get as many qualified residents involved as possible, trustees said the ad hoc committee should be formed separate from the Safe Environment Commission, but under the commission's perview.

Trustees said they would continue to discuss the issue at a date to be determined later.

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