An accident has led police to block all traffic near the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Greenwood Street in Evanston this morning.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says there were minor injuries in the crash. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but the injured declined transportation to the hospital.

A street light pole was also knocked down in the collision.

The accident happened about 10:30 a.m.

Update: The streets were reopened about an hour later.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Auto accident on Ridge & Greenwood

    Ridge does not accommodate large vehicles. Vehicles straddling lanes is common. Can anything be done to assess what appears to be a problem?

    1. Yes. Ridge could be a three lane road
      Ridge could easily be changed to a three lane road–a through lane in each direction and a left turn lane at the intersections.

      A four lane road going straight through a largely residential street is a recipe for accidents. There are countless examples around the country where cities have taken away a lane in a 4-lane configuration and saw both a rise in safety and no impact on congestion. Ridge gets about 25000 vehicles a day, so it is well within the volume that could accommodate a reconfiguration.

      It is really problematic that council hasn’t made this change given the examples from other cities.

    2. Scary lanes

      I agree…sometimes I hold my breath driving on Ridge…cars are riding the double yellow lines, and larger vehicles straddle into the other lane…..I reported a school bus about a week ago because I couldn't drive past it.   It kept weaving into my lane just enough to be scary.

  2. Ridge is not the problem
    I live near this intersection and accidents are very common. The problem isn’t cars that are on Ridge hitting each other, it’s cars trying to enter or cross Ridge from Greenwood getting hit by cars already on Ridge that is the problem. Visibility is very poor. To get across Ridge I go to either Dempster or Lake which have lights.

    1. crossing Ridge

      Absolutely!   I always have to go to an intersection with a stoplight.   Cutting across traffic is NOT the thing to do….and you can sit there for a long time, just waiting.   

    2. accidents on Ridge
      I agree that the lanes are crowded. I avoid Ridge whenever possible and use Asbury.

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