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.

Current Task

Analysis (Spring 2019)
The study team will analyze the existing conditions, concerns and data and will develop a recommended plan of improvements for the neighborhood. 

Next steps

Recommendations (Summer 2019)
After completing the analysis, 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.