ELMHURST – Glade Avenue residents gained a victory for their street’s safety after the Elmhurst City Council’s unanimous passage of an amendment approving a new sign at the Sept. 5 meeting.
The new sign, which would restrict right turns from eastbound North Avenue to southbound Glade Avenue from 6 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m., “will go in this week,” 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Dunn said after the meeting.
It replaces a no right turn sign restricting traffic from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The change was recommended by city staff and area residents also called for the change, based on signage violations and safety concerns. 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 gathered to meet with 2nd Ward aldermen Dunn and Norman Leader in a driveway Aug. 7. The Public Affairs and Safety Committee discussed the issue at an Aug. 14 meeting.
“I think we’re doing the right thing. We’ll do whatever is necessary to make that community safe,” Leader said after the Sept. 5 meeting.
The Elmhurst Police Department also has taken action, assigning two patrol squad cars to enforce the current restricted hours of 4 to 6 p.m., Police Chief Michael Ruth previously told Suburban Life in a phone interview.
“We appreciate that the city listened to our concerns,” said resident and meeting organizer Kolleen Mooren in a phone interview. “ … It’s a great first step, but enforcement will be really important, especially in the first few weeks.”