Temporary traffic signals planned in Orland Park
BY MIKE NOLAN firstname.lastname@example.org June 21, 2013 2:52PM
Orland Park officials are moving ahead with plans to install temporary traffic signals at the intersection of 153rd Street and Ravinia Avenue. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 24, 2013 6:33AM
Orland Park is moving ahead with plans to install temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Ravinia Avenue and 153rd Street, the first step in what could lead to outfitting the intersection with permanent lights.
A village board committee this week voted to recommend to the full board that temporary signals be installed at a cost of $54,700. The board could vote on the matter next month, and if approved, the signals could be operating by late summer or early fall, according to village spokesman Joe La Margo.
An engineering firm has conducted a traffic study of the intersection and has determined it warrants permanent signals. The temporary signals will help in determining signal-timing changes to enhance traffic flow, and ultimately whether permanent signals will be installed, according to the village.
The installation of the temporary lights should take place around the time that more extensive construction connected with the widening of LaGrange Road begins. Village officials expect that Ravinia — which runs parallel to and just west of LaGrange — will see more traffic while LaGrange is being widened to three lanes in each direction.
Preliminary work is under way — including ripping up medians, which will be temporarily replaced with asphalt to keep two northbound and two southbound lanes of traffic during the widening. That work is supposed to be finished next month, with actual widening expected to begin later this summer.