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New mid-campus stoplight eyed for Sheridan Road

Evanston city staff plan to ask the City Council to approve a new stop light at the entrance to a Northwestern University parking lot south of Garrett Place.

The location of the proposed new signal is highlighted in red on this city map.

Evanston city staff plan to ask the City Council to approve a new stop light at the entrance to a Northwestern University parking lot south of Garrett Place.

The location of the proposed new signal is highlighted in red on this city map.

The Daily Northwestern reports the light is being requested by university officials and would be paid for by the university.

The city’s transportation director, Paul Schneider, says the city conducted a study of automobile and pedestrian traffic at the intersection that indicates it meets federal standards for installation of a traffic signal.

Safety for pedestrians attempting to cross Sheridan Road along the university campus has long been an issue, and a university employee was killed last fall while trying to cross Sheridan at midblock near Foster Street.

Sheridan already has signals at Lincoln, Noyes and Foster streets and at Chicago Avenue, but the stretch from Noyes to Foster is the longest on on the north-south stretch of Sheridan through the campus that lacks a signal.

The city recently approved installing at traffic signal on Sheridan at Church Street, south of the campus, and university officials reportedly are interested in adding another signal along the east-west stretch of Sheridan at Hinman Avenue.

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