Evanston drivers who didn’t get the message from the signs barring turns into the left lane of Church Street from northbound Maple Avenue will have a stronger reminder to comply starting today.

This noon a city worker was replacing the plastic bollards which drivers making the illegal turn regularly knocked over with massive plastic barriers to block the turn maneuver.

And in case you are thinking you might nudge one of the plastic barriers out of the way — don’t bother. They’re all filled with water — making them a heavy obstacle indeed.

Here’s a Google Maps image from a year ago — showing one of the old plastic bollard missing after being run over by a car.

The illegal turn into the north lane at the Metra viaduct has been common for years because it positions drivers to continue north on Maple after crossing through the viaduct. To stay legal, northbound drivers entering Church at Maple have to continue east on Church to Benson before they can again head north.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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