Wednesday, May 30, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The intersection of Madison St. and 9th Ave. in Maywood, where a new left turn signal is slated to be installed. | Google Earth
Driving on Madison Street in Maywood could get a lot easier now that the village’s Board of Trustees unanimously gave the green light for the installation of traffic lights with left turn signals at the intersections of 5th, 9th and 17th Avenues.
The trustees approved the matter at a regular meeting on May 15. The issue was brought to their attention by the village’s Traffic and Safety Commission and Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.
The commissioners voted in March to send the recommendation before the village board after Commissioner Joe Wilson conducted a study on three intersections.
“The intersections are already configured to have left turns, so there was money spent to setup the intersections to make left turns,” Wilson said to board members during the May 15 meeting.
Wilson said that the absence of left turn signals at the three intersections slows traffics and increases the likelihood of accidents. He said that installing the signals would make the street safer for emergency vehicles, in particular.
“Since the intersection is already configured to have a left turn and the [left turn lane] is there, we should have lights set up,” he said. “That way, it’s safer for those who live here, as well as those who travel through Maywood.”
Village officials did not discuss how soon the new signals would be installed or how much the installation would cost, but explained that the cost of installing the signals would come out of the Madison St./5th Ave. TIF budget. VFP
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