TG believes that traffic lights at the Golf (Emerson) McDaniel (Prairie) intersection could use better coordination.

… that work along the CTA Purple Line retaining wall was scheduled to begin on Monday. The wall work, between Madison Street and South Boulevard along Chicago Avenue, is part of the $10.3 million contract to repair the wall and to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf streets. Watch for fewer open street lanes along that section of Chicago – the outer southbound lane of Chicago from Madison to South will be closed throughout the duration of this six week project, but one lane of traffic in each direction on Chicago will remain open.  Residents who have questions or concerns about the work activity may call Pelayo Enerio “Jhun,” City of Evanston permits engineer at 311 or 847-448-8311.

… that the City recently installed its pilot “We’re for sale” bus shelter at Emerson and Dewey. The City says the pilot bus shelter was installed by Creative Outdoor Advertising of America (COA), with which it has a “pending contract … to provide additional shelters at no cost to the City in exchange for advertising rights in which the City would receive a portion of the revenue.”

… that TG was mistaken in saying that all red curb cuts around town are brick and chipped. Most of the brick ones are chipped, and the concrete, cross-hatched ones appear to be abraded. But TG has seen, ipsis oculis, that there are some curb cuts of hard plastic. So far TG has seen only red ones. At any rate, these hard plastic curb cuts look pretty good. Let’s hope they can withstand snow blowers and salt.

… that the Active Transportation Alliance is promoting Sept. 22 as a day without cars. Evanston is participating by asking us all to walk or bike or take public transportation on this last day of summer. There will be a “Car-Free Day” pit stop at the 909 Davis building between 6 and 9 a.m. that day.

… that the Evanston Community Media Center will move to the City’s service center (2020 Asbury Ave.) in October.

From our readers: TG (via phone message): The Traffic Guy is full of prunes in saying that the Golf/McDaniel intersection is jam-packed and ill-timed. I just came back from driving along there, and it’s one of the best intersections in the City.

– a reader

From TG: Dear Mr. Reader, TG stands by the original assertion. Given the time of your phone call, TG thinks you were driving after what may gamely be termed Evanston’s rush hour. Between 8 and 9 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m., the intersection is crowded with cars, so much so that some cars have to go straight on McDaniel (Prairie) rather than turn onto Golf lest they block the intersection there. The same is often true of cars northbound on McCormick wishing to
turn west onto Golf: They jam the intersection when the cars turning west from McCormick don’t wait.

TG: I often drive east on Dempster from the Eden’s to Ridge. On the Skokie stretch, the signals are pretty well coordinated, but from McCormick to Ridge I invariably stop for red signals four or five times. Can’t we get the Evanston street department to do a little fine coordinating?

– Alan B. Jacobson

From TG: Dear Mr. Jacobson, TG, who has complained about that lack of coordination as well, has referred your complaint to Paul Schneider, the City’s chief traffic guy. Stay tuned.

TG:  I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, but I noticed recently that the traffic lights at the corner of McCormick and Golf seem to have been hooded/angled in such a way that when you’ve been walking/biking and are waiting at the northeast corner (e.g. if you have just been walking/biking south along the gravel trail on the east side of McCormick), you cannot see the traffic signals directly in front of you.  It is difficult, though possible, to partially see when the walk signal turns.  This is of particular interest to me as my 14-year-old daughter and some of her friends cross here with their bikes when they bike to ETHS every morning
for school. This is a complicated intersection and is the most hazardous spot for these kids when they bike to school and I am concerned that this adds to the hazard.  Are you aware of this, and can you give me some advice on who to contact to address this?                        

– Kim Grahl

Dear Ms. Grahl: TG has complained about that intersection as well and has referred your question to Paul Schneider, the City’s chief traffic guy. Stay tuned.

TG:  It’s amazing to see, as the paving, curbing and sidewalk work is nearing completion on Dodge Avenue, that no consideration was given in the stretch from Oakton Street to Main Street for any delineated crosswalks for a full half-mile. 

More importantly, due to the staggered nature of the streets on the west side of Dodge, there’s no side-corner ramping or bumpy non-slip surfaces that allow safe access for anyone in a wheelchair to cross Dodge, in violation of ADA Standards. It appears that any such disabled person would have to proceed either down one side or the other of Dodge to Oakton or to Main, where a safe crossing can be made with the lights.

I suggest that all City staff involved be put in wheelchairs and encouraged to cross Dodge at any street corner between Oakton and Main while there’s heavy
traffic.

— Fred J. Wittenberg

From TG: You have a point, Mr. Wittenberg. Maybe the City could paint a crosswalk along one side of Dodge at Warren or Seward or Washington and then put one of those confusing, annoying, “Stop for Pedestrians” signs there.

The Traffic Guy Thinks …

… that the Parking and Transportation Committee should really take a very close look at the plethora of signs barking at people who (as the new saying is) live, work and play here. TG, who has been harping on this for a few years now, offers yet another example: