Tinley Park considers more roundabouts
By Mike Nolan email@example.com September 4, 2014 5:34PM
Tinley Park is seeking federal funds for construction of three traffic roundabouts in the village, including one here at 175th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. The village is proceeding with a project to install a roundabout at 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue. | Mike Nolan/Sun-Times Media.
Updated: September 5, 2014 2:11AM
With one traffic roundabout in the works, Tinley Park is looking at adding more.
The village is seeking federal grant money to construct three roundabouts along 175th Street at the intersections of Ridgeland, 84th and 94th avenues. Each project would cost an estimated $2.58 million, and the village’s share of each roundabout would, at the most, be $774,000.
Applications for federal transportation funds for the work were sent last month to the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, which will rank projects submitted by towns vying for grant money.
Should Tinley Park’s projects be endorsed for financing, it doesn’t commit the village to proceed with the roundabouts.
The village is also asking the association to be considered for federal funds to reconstruct Oak Park Avenue between 159th and 167th streets. That project is estimated to cost $2.4 million, with the village’s share also not to exceed 30 percent of the cost.
While they’re more prevalent in other states, traffic roundabouts are something of a rarity in Illinois.
Rather than a four-way stop, the circular roundabouts are designed to move traffic more efficiently and safely through intersections and have been found to substantially reduce accidents that result in death or severe injury, Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said.
Vehicles approaching the roundabout yield to those already in the circle, resulting in a steadier flow of traffic and virtually eliminating right-angle and head-on crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Tinley Park already is moving ahead with plans for a roundabout at 183rd Street and Oak Park Avenue.
Stoplights at that intersection would be replaced with a landscaped circle and reconfigured traffic lanes to route vehicles around it.
The bulk of the $2.86 million project, scheduled to begin next summer, is being covered by federal grant money.