Homewood will install "no U-turn" signs at the delineators on 183rd Street at Center Avenue to help improve safety in the area.
Residents have complained that vehicles regularly perform U-turns around the pylons in that area, which were installed to prevent left turns at the intersection. An ordinance authorizing the installation of the signs, which was approved by the village board Tuesday, Nov. 23, aims to address that issue. It also revises the village’s traffic regulation schedule.
Residents and trustees discussed the signage idea during the Nov. 9 regular board meeting, when a study examining 183rd Street traffic patterns and ways to address safety concerns was presented.
The study effort was sparked by a crash near the intersection of 183rd Street and Center Avenue in 2020 that killed a Merrillville 19-year-old. In the days following the crash, residents petitioned the village to take action on speeding and other dangerous traffic behavior.
One of the next steps in the study process is finding funding for some of the study's proposed solutions. In the meantime, Mayor Richard Hofeld has said there are things the village can do to address 183rd Street’s issues. In addition to the no U-Turn signage, Hofeld said the village can put a median to prevent left turns from Park Avenue onto 183rd Street and put signage at the Dixie Highway viaduct warning motorists heading southbound on Park Avenue that there are no left turns at 183rd Street.
In other business, the village clerk administered oath of office to two individuals for the public works department.
Katherine Becker, a certified arborist, was administered the oath for a landscape maintenance worker position. Becker, who has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, came to Homewood from the Carol Stream Park District. There, she took care of the landscaping of 42 parks and ran snow removal operations during winter months.
Kenneth Bailey was administered the oath for an e-tech position in the department. He came to the village from Shorewood Home and Auto. He was a John Deer mechanic for 23 years.