Most Evanston residents participating in a survey said no to closing off traffic on Green Bay Road between Emerson Street and Asbury Avenue.

Instead, city officials say, they favored a plan to reduce Green Bay from four traffic lanes to three.

City Engineer Sat Nagar says 480 people participated in the survey. The results showed:

  • 62 percent favored the three lane approach that would keep Green Bay open to traffic in both directions.
  • 24 percent favored limiting Green Bay Road to one lane northbound, with southbound traffic shifted onto Asbury Avenue.
  • 18 percent favored turning Green Bay into a cul de sac at Emerson and shifting both north and southbound traffic for that block onto Asbury Avenue.

The totals exceed 100 percent because participants were able to rate favorably more than one option.

Nagar says the proposed project, which also involves replacing existing traffic signals and adding a new one at Emerson and Asbury, would result in substantial improvement to traffic flow and more green space or streetscape area under all of the options.

But the one residents favored results in the smallest loss of on-street parking spaces and causes the least disruption to existing traffic patterns.

The survey respondents also favored, by 64 percent to 36 percent margin, extending the three-lane traffic pattern on Green Bay north to McCormick Boulevard.

Nagar says that ideas for improving the appearance of the railroad viaduct at the intersection will go through a public hearing process next year as part of an effort to develop standards for improving all the viaducts in the city and that upgrades to the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay viaduct will be a pilot project for the broader scheme.

Nagar says the city hopes to finish design work on the project next year and construct the roadway improvements during the summer of 2016.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Has the Council actually decided on the plan?

    Bill, You are quoting a staff person in the article.  Doesn't the council have to vote on which plan to implement? Or have they already done that?

    1. More votes coming down the road

      In reading the story you should have noticed that it merely reported on the results of a survey that is part of the design process for the project.

      The city has had improvements at the intersection on its capital improvement road map for some time and the City Council months ago approved hiring the consulting firm that is developing the recommendations for what improvements to make.

      The council will vote on final designs sometime next year and vote again — likely early in 2016 — on the contract to actually carry out the construction work.

      — Bill

    1. Not status quo

      Reducing the roadway from four lanes to three is not maintaining the status quo.

      It could fairly be described as the least radical alternative.

      — Bill

  2. Delusion

    Who is delusional enough to think that one of the busiest roads in Evanston and to get to/from Evanston should be turned into a cul-de-sac? Even making it one way is asinine.

    1. If you thought about it a bit
      If you thought about it a bit you’d notice that the majority of the traffic on green bay is siphoned off before reaching ridge, where it ends in an awkward merge. I don’t know any of the details of the proposed plans, and I don’t support cutting it off but I don’t see how thinking about doing so could be considered delusional.

  3. Do no harm by keeping traffic

    Do no harm by keeping traffic as is, wasn't a survey option. Four lanes to two? Yikes. Think gridlock. Are we going to emulate Wilmette? Just say no.

  4. No need for Green Bay

    With all the new stores opening in nearby Skokie in 2015, there won't be any need to go North on Green Bay.

  5. Oh, my

    Call me out of touch, but I had no idea that this was being discussed. The idea of shunting more traffic  to the intersection of Asbury and Emerson, where there is a child care center with lots of traffic morning and eveing, seems crazy to me. I use current intersection of Green Bay and Emerson northbound and southbound with some regularity and know that it probably only works well for those who are familiar with the roads. But I would not vote for a change.

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