The City of Evanston will try out new traffic restrictions at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Greenwood Street starting next month to try to make the intersection safer.

The test is scheduled to run from May 3 throgh October.

The new rules will require that from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. eastbound and westbound traffic on Greenwood only turn right onto Ridge. Left turns or going straight through the intersection will not be allowed.

The trial implementation will let the city evaluate whether the modifications improve the safety and operations at this intersection before considering permanent changes.

The restrictions are similar to ones implemented last year at Ridge Avenue and Grove Street, except that at that intersection drivers on Ridge were also barred from turning onto the side street.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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