The City of Evanston and the Evanston Police Department are notifying Evanston community members of anticipated heavy traffic in the area of Green Bay Road and Foster Street throughout the morning on Saturday, April 23, due to a gas giveaway event at the Mobil station at 1950 Green Bay Road.
Drivers who are not planning to participate in the event are encouraged to avoid the area and use alternate routes, if possible. The event begins at 7 a.m. and will last until 10 a.m. or until funding is exhausted. Lining up prior to 5:30 a.m. is not permitted.
Map for Drivers
To facilitate traffic flow, the Evanston Police Department will implement a number of traffic control measures in the area, including:
Drivers will only be able to enter the Mobil station from southbound Green Bay Road. Overflow staging will be northbound McCormick Boulevard to southbound Green Bay Road. (Please note: Simpson Street will not be used as an overflow staging area for this event.)
Drivers will not be able to enter the Mobil station from northbound Green Bay Road, northbound Asbury Avenue, or eastbound Foster Street. No left turns will be permitted from northbound Green Bay Road into the Mobil Station or onto southbound Asbury Avenue. No left turns will be permitted onto westbound Foster Street, Simpson Street, Payne Street or Noyes Street.
Asbury Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic at Emerson Street and Foster Street will be closed to eastbound traffic at the alley east of Wesley Avenue. Two-way traffic on Green Bay Road will be maintained at all times. The median will be used to accommodate southbound Green Bay Road drivers who are not participating in the event.
Evanston Police officers will be on hand throughout the event to assist drivers. Community members are encouraged to follow the Evanston Police Department Twitter, @EvanstonPD, for updates on the day of the event.
The city estimates that the previous gas giveaway event on March 24 cost approximately $2,600 in taxpayer money to facilitate, including 29½ hours of police overtime and five hours of 311 overtime.
For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311 or simply dial 311 in Evanston.
Source: City of Evanston
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