Roundabout Plans Progressing into Next Phase

Plans are moving forward for a roundabout at 183rd and Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park.

Tinley Park's vision of a roundabout at 183rd and Oak Park Avenue is closer to realization, and construction could start in spring of 2016.

Village staff are seeking to enter phase II—which includes design plans and right-of-way acquisition, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Village staff in June will ask trustees to approve an agreement with Illinois Department of Transportation for funding and services. 

The cost of right-of-way acquisition is estimated at $480,000: federal contribution of $384,000 and local funds $96,000. The second phase is expected to last until 2015, at which point the village will seek bids for the project. 

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.

Construction could start in spring or summer of 2016.

>>via The Chicago Tribune

Kitty May 29, 2014 at 07:38 PM
I do not support this. The middle school is right there.
sandy May 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM
ScottRAB May 30, 2014 at 03:14 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.
ScottRAB May 30, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Schools with modern roundabouts nearby: Elementary Schools Ladera Ranch Middle/Elementary School, Ladera Ranch, CA http://tinyurl.com/oxzxkga Patwin Elementary, Davis, CA http://goo.gl/maps/VoZUG Beard Elementary, Modesto, CA http://tinyurl.com/noy8jcy Redding School of the Arts, Redding, CA http://goo.gl/maps/HiZk1 Truscott Elementary, Loveland, CO http://tinyurl.com/o3qvszm Skyview Elementary, Clearwater, FL http://tinyurl.com/pwbx46a Windermere Elementary, Windermere, FL http://tinyurl.com/psszrga Fruitville Elementary, Sarasota, FL http://tinyurl.com/ph755gd Watch at 3:45 into this video posted at http://sarasotaconnectivity.com/honore-642/. Salt Lake Elementary, Honolulu, HI http://goo.gl/maps/akPQe Sunflower Elementary, Lawrence, KS http://tinyurl.com/pd4agb9 Riverdale Elementary, Dedham, MA http://tinyurl.com/o2aa73x Bennett Woods Elementary, Okemos, MI http://tinyurl.com/plf64qn Paxson Elementary, Missoula, MT http://tinyurl.com/q9jnlbb Eastview Elementary, Fenning and Meadow Oak, Monticello, MN http://tinyurl.com/nuf2mws First Ward Elementary, Charlotte, NC http://tinyurl.com/pvjktry Creekside Elementary, Durham, NC http://goo.gl/maps/IY6tF Randleman Middle School, Randleman, NC http://tinyurl.com/q5qfrf6 Freedom Trail Elementary, Lewis Center, OH http://goo.gl/maps/UsXku Scioto Darby Elementary, Hilliard, OH http://goo.gl/maps/UfEIg Cherokee Elementary, Cincinnati, OH http://tinyurl.com/ppxpvzs Cotton Elementary, San Antonio, TX http://tinyurl.com/o3ynfac Sunny Hills Elementary, Issaquah, WA http://tinyurl.com/ogeu6hd Sunset Elementary, Bellevue, WA http://tinyurl.com/nkhhamb Ordway Elementary, Bainbridge Isl., WA http://goo.gl/maps/Cw6qb Forest Glen Elementary, Howard, WI http://goo.gl/maps/GoqGr Eastwood Elementary, Morgantown, WV http://tinyurl.com/p46aqrm
sandy May 30, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Intersections with highly unbalanced traffic flows (that is, very high traffic volumes on the main street and very light traffic on the side street) and isolated intersections in a network of traffic signals often are not ideal candidates for roundabouts. This is a paragraph i copied from post above. ScottRAB. A roundabout at this intersection will not work. Read the Q&A from the website.


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