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10/10/2012 3:03:00 PM
The Traffic Guy hears ...
Evanston’s 2013 vehicle sticker will honor its Sesquicentennial year.
Evanston’s 2013 vehicle sticker will honor its Sesquicentennial year.

… that Sept. 30 was a great day for Bike the Ridge – cool, crisp air, bright sunshine and little wind. While it appeared there were fewer cyclists this year, everyone seemed to enjoy the morning.

… that for the next two weeks or so crews will be working on three street segments: Lyons from Dodge to the dead end east; Lee from Hinman to Judson, and Washington from Asbury to Ridge. The project involves curb replacement as needed, roadway base repair; replacement of the asphalt surface from curb to curb, and selected sidewalk replacement and driveway aprons. Any sprinkler systems should be identified and marked with a flag by the property-owner prior to the start of construction to prevent damage to the sprinkler system. The City expects the project will be completed by the end of the month. Construction Zone Daytime “No Parking” restrictions will be intermittent throughout the duration of the project; evening and nighttime parking (5 p.m. to 7 a.m.) will always be available. The street sweeping and/or neighborhood parking restrictions will be waived for a one-block radius around the construction zone.

… that through Oct. 16, McShane Construction will be performing an underground utility connection for the new building at 1700 Central St., according to the City. Crews will cut open the roadway for water, storm and sanitary connections and do necessary repairs to the road and sidewalk. The City says it plans to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction, restrict parking in the area and at times close the sidewalk on the south side of Central (which abuts the project). Don’t walk on the sidewalk when it’s closed, the City advises. Let’s hope the project is less unsightly when it gets built than it is in this raw stage.

… that the City has contracted its tire purchases and repair and recap services to Wentworth Tire Service of Bensenville.

 … that the roof on the waterworks building will be replaced by the L. Marshall firm of Glenview.

… that the City has authorized the execution of an agreement with Hey and Associates for a feasibility study of alternative methods of storm water management – that is, ways to lead storm water into the ground than into the sewer system.

… that the City has approved the purchase of 155 trees and planting services for 50 trees from Suburban Tree Consortium – these for our parks and parkways.

… that the City has hired Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp to landscape the area around the lagoon in Centennial Park (the lagoon whose name is not, repeat, not Dawes Park Lagoon).

… that next year’s vehicle stickers go on sale next week. Residents must purchase and display them by Dec. 14. Stickers for regular cars are $75. Information about rates for other types of vehicles is available by calling 311 or visiting www.cityofevanston.org/sticker. The City will tack on a 50 percent penalty on applications received /postmarked after Dec. 16. Combination vehicle stickers/residential parking permits are available, either online at the City’s website or at the City Collector’s office starting Oct. 22. Residents who received applications in the mail can purchase their stickers at the Civic Center, the Levy Center or Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. Currency exchanges will also sell vehicle stickers to those with correct applications. Residents should be prepared to show their State vehicle registration. Senior discounts are available for income-qualified residents.

… that the Kroger food store’s Food 4 Less in the Main/McCormick shopping plaza may soon have a gas station in the outlot that parallels Main Street. They hope to install five multi-petroleum dispensers (MPDs), with 10 pumps under a canopy and a kiosk with candy, ice, soda, tobacco products and the like for sale. The double-walled underground storage tanks will rest on a bed of crushed or pea gravel. At a meeting about the proposed gas station last week, residents asked the source of the gasoline that would be sold there and were told that it would come from “multiple suppliers” that Kroger could not disclose. Representatives of the company said that it would be comparable in quality to that purchased in major-brand gas stations. They also said they did not foresee problems from the fact that there are three nearby gas stations, including one in the same plaza, at Sam’s Club.Zoning for a gas station there would be granted by special use, their attorney (retired Seventh Ward alderman Steve Engelmann) said.

… that many residents who attended the Food 4 Less gas-station-proposal meeting  advocated moving the traffic light at Main and McDaniel just a few feet east to Fowler. They felt it would ease traffic congestion and facilitate egress from Fowler onto Main. Seems it would also help the folks at Baby Toddler Nursery by providing a distinct way to cross Main Street. As far as the stripes on the bridge over the canal there, it seems that part of the street belongs to Skokie and it’s up to that village to mark the lanes (something it has seemed disinclined to do for several years).

…  that the Active Transportation Alliance has launched its Communities for Complete Streets initiative, “which asks Chicago’s suburban communities to create roads that are inviting to all people regardless of their age, ability or how they’re getting around.

… that state climatologist Jim Angel issued a report in September on the drought and the recent rain: September was the first cooler and wetter than normal month in 2012. The statewide average temperature for September in Illinois was 64.6 degrees, 1.6 degrees cooler than normal. The statewide average precipitation for September was 4.9 inches, 1.7 inches wetter than normal. Much of the September rainfall came from the remains of Hurricane Isaac, which passed over Illinois on Labor Day weekend.The state’s climate report contineus, “Remarkably, the precipitation over the last two months has erased the precipitation deficit since Jan. 1 in much of Fayette, Washington, Clinton, Bond and Montgomery counties. Sizable deficits of 8 to 16 inches remain across much of Illinois, especially western and northern Illinois as well as far southern Illinois. … Even with a wet September, the January-September precipitation total of 22.38 inches was 8.34 inches below normal and the fifth driest on record.”

The Traffic Guy thinks …

… that as it gets darker ever earlier, drivers should be alert to pedestrians, including amblers and jaywalkers.

… that (and has opined thus before), that if the City is going to paint crosswalks, it would be nice to see them in colors that complement the areas: orange and blue at ETHS; green at the Ecology Center; purple across Sheridan at NU; red, white and blue at Veterans’ Plaza (Fountain Square). Any takers?





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