The intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue is scheduled to be closed overnight on Monday and Tuesday this week as construction work on the roadway continues.

The closure — from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night — will affect both vehicle and pedestrian traffic..

Pedestrians will be rerouted to cross at Foster Street, Clark Street and Hinman Avenue. Vehicle traffic will be rerouted to Sherman Avenue between Clark Street and Foster Street.

Northwestern University shuttle buses will pick up and drop off passengers at the intersections of Clark Street at Chicago Avenue and Foster Street at Sheridan Road.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Bike Intersection Davis and Chicago–what were they thinking ??

    Note the green stripe [bike lane I and other bikers assume] crossing from Chicago Ave. on the west to east side—diagonal !!

    This is the dumbest and most dangerous idea yet.  Other bikers tell me the same thing. It makes me fear the decisions the city planner have and will make.

    Despite all the construction work on Chicago Ave., I might see one person using the bike lanes a day.  I and bikers i know see the lane as less than useful. Another idea some ‘planner’ came up with, without thinking or studying.

    1. Planning

      Actually, there was a multi-year planning process leading up to the bike lane construction, and the plans underwent substantial reviews and revisions. Pretty extensive coverage of it on Evanston Now, too.

      To bad you didn’t get involved when you had the chance.

      — Bill

      1. Speaking of planning…

        Remember when McCormick Blvd. had four lanes from Golf Rd. to Greenbay Rd. and then two of those lanes were taken out of service (for left hand turns? – to where – the canal?).  I’m sure that planning process underwent substantial reviews and revisions also and now all we have is “wasted concrete”.

        1. Left turns

          I’m sure there are people who like the idea of having a dedicated left turn lane at Green Bay Road, at Prairie Avenue/Grant Street, at Dodge Avenue/Noyes Street, at Bridge Street/Payne Street/Grey Avenue/Simpson Street, at the entrance to the Arboretum parking lot and at Emerson Street/Golf Road.

          But if it doesn’t suit your personal travel pattern, it must be bad, right?

          — Bill

          1. Will you accept half an apology?

            Point taken.  However, why couldn’t we have had two lanes going south from Greenbay Road. to Golf Rd.  We have this trafic flow configuration on Chicago Ave. from South Blvd. to Howard St.  I still question the design so could I be half right?

          2. The theory …

            The theory, at least, is that if traffic volume is low enough to permit it, the three lane design is safer — reducing the chance of lane-change side-swipe accidents and also reducing backups at intersections as through traffic waits for left-turning cars to clear.

            That also tends to make for a less stressful driving experience … as long as you’re not stuck behind somebody going 25 miles per hour.

            — Bill

    2. Questionable design

      I should be grateful to see new bicycle facilities. One positive is that it seems like more bike lanes encourages more bike riders.

      Bidirectional bike lanes makes turning off or onto Chicago Ave more complictated. Before I could just do a right turn on red from Church St. At least on the Dearborn bike lanes they have areas to wait while turning. They’re also narrow. Nor do motorists follow the signals telling them not to turn.

      It’s also very short. What about the rest of Chicago Ave? I avoid Chicago Ave because it had a lot of potholes and is badly in need of more than just patching here and there.

      I’m just frustrated to learn this morning that the Navy Pier Flyover is delayed yet again. Who knows when the bridge on the Northshore Channel by Lincoln Ave will even be started.

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