Impacted Area: area of Edison School
Trial Period: August 26, 2019 to February 26, 2019
Village staff has been in discussions with the administration of Edison School regarding parents creating a hazardous situation by dropping off/picking up children on Monroe St. on the north side of the school. This causes the children to have to cross Monroe, and/or cross the internal drop off/pick up lane as they walk to and from the school.
The school wants to encourage parents to use the newly built internal drop off/pick up lane on the north side of the school, which is manned by school staff during peak traffic times. This will minimize the chances of a child being hit by a car. They have attempted to educate the parents as to the dangers of using Monroe St.but have not achieved an acceptable level of cooperation, and have asked for help from the village. They are also concerned with parents making left turns into the drop off/pick up lane from southbound Central Ave. That entrance was built for access via right turns only from northbound Central.
After discussions among senior village staff and with the school, it has been determined that:
- preventing traffic from entering Monroe westbound from Gross Point Rd. during drop off/pick up times, and;
- preventing traffic from turning right onto Monroe from Linder Ave. during drop off/pick up times, and;
- prohibiting left turns from southbound Central into the internal drop off/pick up lane, would
- be appropriate first steps in mitigating this problem.
- "Drop off/Pick up Times" referred to above will be on school days from 7:30 am to 8:30 am and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
By doing this we hope to keep student drop off/pick up traffic moving in an efficient and safe manner, and minimize the inconvenience to residents of the neighborhood without compromising the safety of the students.
To allow time to complete the planning for this project, and notify the residents of our intentions, this will go into effect on August 26, 2019. The school will use this time for further parent education as they begin the new school year.
Municipal Code Section 5-1-4 authorizes the Police Chief to make this temporary regulation, with approval from the Village Administrator. Village Administrator Czerwinski supports this request.
Therefore, for a period of 180 days, from approximately August 26, 2019 to February 26, 2020, traffic will be restricted in this area as described above. The police department will monitor the situation and I will keep you all informed of any problems or issues that arise.
The Public Works Department is developing a signage plan in support of this experimental regulation.