City consultants unveiled ideas for beautifying the Green Bay Road corridor from Emerson Street to McCormick Boulevard Wednesday night at a meeting at Evanston's Hilton Garden Inn.
The session was the third in a series of public meetings to discuss plans for improving the corridor and the intersection of Green Bay with Emerson and Ridge Avenue.
Landscape architect Ryan Kettelkamp showed plans for new plantings on the Metra embankment that parallels Green Bay.
He said that hardy plants with a variety of hues could be used to create a wave-like effect that would be visually appealing both to motorists on the street and passengers on the commuter trains.
And he suggested including a brick monument sign at McCormick Boulevard — somewhat like the existing brick structure on Green Bay at Isabella Street.
A file photo of the existing gateway monument at Isabella and Green Bay.
A cross-section of the proposed three-lane configuration of Green Bay Road looking north.
Room for the enhanced landscaping would be gained by reducing Green Bay from four to three lanes, which would permit the addition of a bioswale to reduce surface water runoff into the sewer system at the foot of the embankment as well as parkway planting strips on the west side of the roadway.
At the meeting Public Works Director Suzette Robinson announced that city staff has elminated one of three options considered for redesigning the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay intersection based on responses to an online survey of residents.
The eliminated option would have created a cul de sac closing off Green Bay Road traffic at Emerson and rerouting it onto Asbury Avenue.
Several residents at the meeting questioned why the city hadn't also eliminated a second option — which also fared poorly in the opinion poll. That one would only permit northbound traffic on Green Bay, rerouting southbound traffic onto Asbury.
Opinions among residents who spoke at the meeting appeared to strongly favor keeping Green Bay Road open to traffic in both directions at the Emerson intersection.
The Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay project is scheduled to be a special order of business at the City Council's next meeting on Monday, Feb. 23.
Survey: Don't cut off traffic on Green Bay (12/11/14)
Green Bay Road may be trimmed to three lanes (10/31/14)
Three ideas for beautifying viaduct (10/30/14)