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Government

Traffic concerns prompt proposed North Avenue right turn restrictions

Elmhurst aldermen Bob Dunn and Norman Leader discuss safety and traffic concerns with residents Aug. 7 in a driveway outside a home in the 200 block of Glade Avenue.
Elmhurst aldermen Bob Dunn and Norman Leader discuss safety and traffic concerns with residents Aug. 7 in a driveway outside a home in the 200 block of Glade Avenue.

ELMHURST – Changes to Glade Avenue traffic may be in store, following the Elmhurst City Council's Aug. 21 decision to authorize the city attorney to prepare documents for the aldermen's approval of the installation of revised traffic control signage.

The signage change, if passed at an upcoming City Council meeting, would expand the hours that traffic is prohibited from turning right onto Glade Avenue from North Avenue.

Currently, there is a "no right turn" sign restricting traffic from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The recommendation city staff and some area residents called for, based on signage violations and safety concerns, is to restrict those right turns from eastbound North Avenue to southbound Glade Avenue from 6 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.

The selection of those hours is based on traffic counts, the Public Affairs and Safety Committee report stated.

Residents were concerned over the speed and amount of traffic using Glade Avenue and Third Street to avoid the backups at North Avenue and West Avenue, according to the report. About 20 residents had gathered to meet with aldermen Bob Dunn and Norman Leader in a Glade Avenue resident's driveway Aug. 7. The Public Affairs and Safety Committee discussed the issue at an Aug. 14 meeting.

The Elmhurst Police Department has taken action in the meantime, assigning two patrol squad cars to enforce the current restricted hours of 4 to 6 p.m., Police Chief Michael Ruth said in a phone interview.

"It was a legitimate concern. ... Our goal is to ensure long-term compliance [with signage]," Ruth said.

Ruth said the police issued more than 50 citations for violations of the restricted right turn signage from Aug. 14 through 18. He said one of those drivers was a resident who had spoken at a Public Affairs and Safety Committee meeting about her concerns regarding people violating the signage.

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