Friday, September 26, 2008

95th St. detour Friday update

The other night I wrote about the construction closure on 95th St. I saw its impact in many locations on Wednesday. Some of the traffic detoured to 99th between Vincennes and Western, so 99th St. was bumper to bumper for that whole distance, even in the middle of the day.

On Thursday, the pattern changed a bit. I saw more traffic aides, barricades and signs, and the buses and some other traffic were detouring on Longwood or Vanderpoel to 99th. It looked like they were discouraging at least some of the traffic from using 96th. I've also noticed more traffic on Damen. I had trouble today with drivers turning from 95th onto Longwood wanting to keep moving, in spite of pedestrian traffic to/from the Metra station. Don't forget that pedestrians in the crosswalk have the right of way. You and your car can kill those pedestrians. Please slow down and let them cross - at 95th, at Ridge Park, on 99th St.

Whether you are walking, driving, riding a bike or otherwise getting around in areas affected by the construction at the 95th St. Metra station, be prepared for more traffic than normal in places you don't usually see it. Please remember that pedestrian right of way isn't suspended just because you have a temporary detour. Allow a few extra minutes and slow down. Thank you!

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