Lighting Upgrades Soon, Roundabout Later for 183rd and Oak Park Avenue

The roundabout is still coming, officials said. But first, some changes to the traffic lights at 183rd and Oak Park Avenue.

Plans for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Oak Park Avenue and 183rd Street. | Credit: Village of Tinley Park
Plans for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Oak Park Avenue and 183rd Street. | Credit: Village of Tinley Park

Lighting upgrades planned for 183rd and Oak Park Avenue will precede the intersection's conversion into a roundabout, Tinley Park officials said recently. 

The Village will chip in to upgrade the stoplights from bulb-based to LED, also adding countdown pedestrian signals, as included in IDOT's plans. The agency will take the project from conception to completion; Tinley Park will pay $7,807 (3 percent) for upgrades to 10 of its intersections. 

The roundabout is still about three years away, which will give the Village time to recoup the cost of the lighting upgrades, Chicago Tribune reports. Officials say the roundabout will help cut back on traffic problems, which sees traffic converge from First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park Convention Center, and I-80. The roundabout funnels drivers around a center island, only allowing righthand turns.

The Village of Tinley Park has received grant funding to help pay for a substantial portion of the cost of the engineering and construction, according to FAQ from the Village. 

Work on the roundabout could begin as early as 2015.

Do you think the Village has the right idea with the roundabout? Tell us in the comments!

Matt Libs March 26, 2014 at 05:09 PM
I'm just going to leave this here... "Statistically, modern roundabouts are safer for drivers and pedestrians than both traffic circles and traditional intersections.[41] Roundabouts are safer than both traffic circles and junctions—experiencing 40% fewer vehicle collisions, 80% fewer injuries and 90% fewer serious injuries and fatalities (according to a study of a sampling of roundabouts in the United States, when compared with the junctions they replaced).[42]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout
Jeff March 26, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Dumb and Dumber. This is as bad of an idea as the proposed 10 screen movie theatre at 173rd & Oak Park Ave. Again...DUMB...AND....DUMBER. For drivers not used to the area, it's another accident waiting to happen. As far as the movie theatre idea...really? Who the hell even goes to a movie theatre anymore? and they want not just one...but ten screens? STUPID! Before long, every new release will be available to buy online and watch in the privacy of your own home...enough said.
ScottRAB March 27, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA, http://tinyurl.com/7qvsaem The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/6v44a3x). The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works. The smaller size of properly designed modern roundabouts is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It also means that if a crash happens the likelihood of injury is very low. Safety is the #1 reason there are over 3,000 modern roundabouts in the US today and many more on the way. Modern, slow and go, roundabout intersections have less delay than a stop light or stop sign (http://tinyurl.com/mythbustersRAB), especially the other 20 hours a day people aren’t driving to or from work. Average daily delay at a signal is around 12 seconds per car. At a modern roundabout average delay is less than five seconds.
melody_edward March 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM
dumb idea and a waste of money. had one in Parker, Colorado and it was difficult to use at any time of the night or day. it is the same deal there, the government is the only one interested in trying this. lets put this on a referendum as to whether or not we want to spend tax dollars on this.
concerned March 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM
ScottRAB... don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Go visit one of these things yourself and then see what you think. In heavy rush hour traffic these things are a free for all.


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