Westside Neighborhood Traffic Study

In response to traffic concerns raised by residents of the Westside neighborhood, the City is conducting a neighborhood traffic study to evaluate these concerns and provide recommendations for a neighborhood-wide traffic plan. The City has hired a consulting firm specializing in traffic engineering to carry out this study. 

The Westside neighborhood is located north and west of the Central Business District in the area bounded by Spring Avenue to the north, Jackson Avenue to the south, Washington Street to the east, and Douglas Avenue to the west. It is primarily residential and includes two schools: Naper Elementary and Washington Junior High.

The City's traffic engineering consultant has also been tasked with developing a Traffic Calming Toolkit, which consists of measures that can be applied to the Westside neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods, to address vehicle speeds and volumes within residential areas.

Current Task

Review and Approve Traffic Calming Toolkit (Fall 2019)
After being reviewed by the City, the Traffic Calming Toolkit will be presented to the Transportation Advisory Board and City Council for review and approval.

Next steps

Review Recommendations
The proposed neighborhood recommendations will be reviewed and evaluated by the City in preparation for presentation to the public.

Recommendations
Recommendations will be presented to the public at an open house meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the project team about the analysis and recommendations and provide feedback on the recommendations.

Completed Tasks

Review Existing Conditions (March/April 2019)
The study team reviewed the traffic concerns collected from residents, businesses, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who live, travel or do business within the study area. The team then analyzed existing conditions including posted speed limits, intersection traffic control, parking restrictions, crash history, signage and school traffic control plans.

Data Collection (April 2019)
The study team collected traffic data such as vehicle volumes, vehicle speeds, pedestrian counts, bicycle counts, school traffic operations, parking utilization and overall traffic observations within the study area.

Analysis (Summer 2019)
The study team analyzed the existing conditions, concerns and data and developed a recommended plan of improvements for the neighborhood.