A two-car accident on Ridge Avenue at Grove Street snarled traffic during this morning’s rush hour.

(Evanston Fire Department photo by Tom Janetske)

Fire Division Chief Tom Janetske says the drivers of both vehicles were injured in the 8:40 a.m. wreck. They were transported by Fire Department paramedics to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police directed traffic around the accident scene.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Ridge and Grove

    Living near this intersection, I can tell you that there are a huge number of accidents here, involving multiple cars, buses last year, and pedestrians.  I don’t know what can be done to help this situation, but I can say that many people seem to use Grove as a short cut to get around the lights at Lake and at Davis.  In the mid-morning and early-evening, the sun beams straight down the street from the East and West respectively, and this is always when the accidents seem to occur.

    Quite simply, this shortcut is not safe.  Ridge isn’t wide enough to let you see oncoming traffic safely from Grove, and the lights at Lake and Davis are far safer… and not that long.

    As a resident who lives near this intersection, I simply say, drive smart, not rushed.

    1. Ridge needs a safety solution: Bikes

      This horrible accident is coming a couple of days before "Bike the Ridge."

      We should look to Bike the Ridge as the model–rather than the one day exception.

      Make Ridge three lanes (one each way and a left turn lane in the middle) and have separated bike ways on each side.

      You would cut down on the speed of cars and make the street safe for multiple forms of transportation.

      Ridge is only one lane in Chicago.  In Evanston, it is widened to two and it encourages speeding.

      By having more mobility options on Ridge we’ll be better off.

      1. What part of NO BIKES on Ridge confuses you?

        What about the cyclists using the North-South bike lanes they lobbied for and got? 

        Do we honestly have a NEED for another choked down North-South roadway in Evanston like the fiasco that is McCormick North of Emerson?

        The cyclists barely use the existing bike lanes now opting to ride on the sidewalk, especially in the downtown area.

        As for Ridge being one lane in Chicago, yes it is- but there is also parking on both sides of the street. Are you suggesting that Ridge be turned into a parking zone? 

        Your added "Mobility options" apply to cyclists, and would move the automotive traffic off Ridge and onto sidestreets, or increase traffic on already crowded and bottle-necked Dempster. Or would you prefer to increase traffic on Dodge and endanger the High School students? Or Chicago Ave?

        How about the bike riders be satisfied with using what they already have and get off the sidewalks, out of the streets, and obey the traffic laws for a change.


  2. Roycemore on Ridge

    Roycemore will be moving to that area [Ridge and Davis] in 2012(?).  Ridge from Grove through at least Church is a nightmare for traffic and the turn before Emerson [not to mention from Emerson going north] is a nightmare for people not knowing how it goes.

    I hope traffic on Ridge is addressed before Roycemore moves.

  3. Grove and Ridge intersection

    I also live close to Grove and Ridge and have witnessed enough accidents to tell me and the city that the corner is dangerous.

    I agree with the comment above, too, that many people use Grove as a short cut to get around the lights at Lake and at Davis. This complicates matters for pedestrains trying to cross at an already tough corner.

    The traffic is nonstop no matter what time of day, and with no crosswalk or light, drivers turning onto Grove seldom give pedestrians the right of way.

    Can a stoplight be put in?  This would make good sense, since Alexander Park is right there at Ridge and Grove and would allow safe crossing to it. I had a close call trying to do so last month, in the situation where a car seemed to come out of nowhere when I stepped off the curb.  I’m sure the driver thought me, the pedestrian, seemed to come out of nowhere, too.

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