Plans for a series of improvements design to make travel safer along the Ridge Avenue corridor in Evanston were presented at a Levy Center meeting Thursday evening.

The proposals would make changes at seven signalized intersections from Oakton to Church streets.

Changes proposed include trimming the width of Oakton street as it approaches Ridge from the west to reduce the misalignment with the eastern leg of Oakton.

This illustration shows the proposed new alignment of Oakton as it approaches Ridge.

The plans also call for creating left turn lanes for traffic turning from Greenleaf Street onto Ridge.

All the intersections from Oakton to Lake Street would get traffic signals with east-west left turn cycles and at Davis and Ridge there would be upgrades for motorists making left turns off of Ridge.

The intersections on Ridge have been a top location for traffic accidents in the city for years, with 86 crashes reported at the seven intersections in 2019.

The project is budgeted at $860,000 with roughly 80% of the funds coming from a federal grant. Construction isn’t scheduled to happen until 2023.

More details about the project are available on the city website.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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