Westside Neighborhood Traffic Study

Public Open House Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the public open house to present consultant recommendations from the Westside Neighborhood traffic study has been postponed. A new date will be shared as soon as one is available.

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 (Winter/Spring 2020)
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.

Analysis and Recommendations (Winter 2020)
The consultant has analyzed the data, existing conditions and community concerns and developed a recommended plan of improvements for the neighborhood. The City is currently reviewing those plans with internal departments in preparation for presentation to the public.

Next steps

Recommendations (Spring 2020)
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.