Oswego Open House II

(Village of Oswego photo)

The Village of Oswego will hold their second open house, next week, seeking further resident input on pedestrian safety improvements proposed along Washington Street in downtown Oswego.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11th at Oswego Village Hall. The open house will follow up on resident feedback solicited at an open house held Sept. 18.

As WSPY has previously reported, the village has been in negotiations with the state since 1997 about the portion of Route 34, which is under the control of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In past, flashing beacons were installed, as well as the addition of pedestrian flags, and a lowered speed limit to 20 m.p.h.

The major state route passes through downtown Oswego and has been the site of multiple vehicle-pedestrian crashes, including a fatal crash that killed a pedestrian in 2018.

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.

The village previously approvedĀ  a $94,000 study, the first phase of which is for resident comment. Oswego Public Works Director Jennifer Hughes spoke with WSPY at the September open house about the study.

Director Hughes spoke about why the village sought public feedback.

Officials say at next week's meeting, residents will have the opportunity to see proposed solutions that have now been drafted. Citizens can offer their thoughts on those proposed solutions. Possible solutions include short-term improvements like restriping the roadway and long-term improvements like adding traffic signals.

The second open house is open to residents, business owners, and any other interested member of the public.