The public forum on downtown pedestrian safety in Oswego takes place Wednesday.
As WSPY previously reported, the meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on September 18th at Oswego Village Hall. It will be the first of two meetings.
As WSPY reported in June, more than $94,000 will be spent towards a study on improving safety for people crossing Washington Street in downtown Oswego after village trustees unanimously voted for the study to be done by an engineering firm.
Those results would be used to indicate to the Illinois Department of Transportation that downtown businesses support signals being needed, potentially at both intersections with Main St. and Harrison St.
In the past, pedestrian counts have not been high enough to warrant a traffic signal at either Washington and Main Streets or Washington and Harrison Streets. However, following recent crashes, IDOT has agreed to reconsider traffic signals and other safety improvements along Washington Street in downtown provided the community generally supports them.
Currently, flashing yellow street signs indicate a pedestrian attempting to cross at Main Street and Washington and at Harrison St. and Washington.
Because Washington Street (Route 34) is a U.S. highway, any improvements to the road must be studied and then ultimately approved by IDOT who in past had come back to the village saying warrants for signals were not met.
If the traffic study projects that warrants will be met, and if the public is supportive, IDOT says they will allow the traffic signals.
Residents who cannot attend the open house but would like to provide the comments may email their thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After collecting information from the first meeting on Wednesday, engineers will draft possible solutions and solicit feedback on them in a second meeting. The date of the second meeting has not yet been announced.
The open house is open to residents, business owners and any other interested member of the public.