A consulting firm hired by the City of Evanston this week proposed that Green Bay Road be reduced from four to three lanes between McCormick Blvd. and Emerson Street.
The recommendation was part of a package of suggestions that also offered options for redesigning Green Bay’s intersection with Emerson and Ridge Avenue and for beautifying the railroad viaduct at that intersection.
How the same stretch of Green Bay Road looks now.
Joe Chiczewski of ESI Consultants Ltd. said the the one northbound and one southbound travel lane, with a center left turn lane would be sufficient to handle the traffic levels on the street.
And he said the roadway would likely become safer for vehicle traffic because the three-lane configuration typically reduces sideswipe and rear-end collisions.
A proposed design for Green Bay’s intersection with Noyes Street — showing bus stop pullouts on the far side of the intersection for north and southbound traffic.
The proposed configuration would also provide bus pullout areas at intersections. Currently people waiting for a northbound bus have to step out into traffic to see if a bus is coming because of the tight clearance against the railroad viaduct.
Chiczewski said the redesign would also make it easier for pedestrians to cross Green Bay, by narrowing the distance they are exposed to traffic and improving visibility. It would also provide room for additional green space planting areas along the street.
The plan does not yet specifically address how to make Green Bay safer for bicycle traffic, but it would provide for a wider sidewalk on the west side of the street.
The plans were discussed Wednesday night at a public meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.
At the meeting, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson said the city plans to look at alternatives for redesigning the rest of Green Bay Road in the future, but it only has funding for the McCormick to Emerson stretch at this point.
Several communities north of Evanston, including Wilmette, have reduced Green Bay Road to a three-lane traffic pattern in recent years.
The city is accepting public comment on the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay plans through Nov. 12 at the project website.