Traffic conditions on residential streets can greatly affect neighborhood livability. Residents have an expectation that their streets will be safe and pleasant. When they perceive this to be the case, the quality of life is enhanced. However, when the negative issues that can be associated with traffic intrude into their neighborhoods, residents’ sense of community and personal well-being are diminished.
Concerns of excessive speeding, cut-through traffic and pedestrian safety in neighborhoods are often expressed by residents to the Village. A belief in a diminished quality of life and feeling of safety by residents as a result of the unwelcome traffic press the Village to provide solutions. The Village of Mount Prospect’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program incorporates education, enforcement and engineering solutions to the traffic issues that exist within our neighborhoods. It builds upon the Neighborhood Traffic Study that has resulted in a consistent pattern of intersection traffic control and speed limits to enhance driver expectation and safety.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers defines traffic calming as “the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users.” Examples of some traffic calming measures are traffic circles, curb extensions and midblock medians. Using this definition as a framework, the program will provide a process to develop appropriate solutions and will include the cooperative efforts of Village Staff, elected officials, residents, business owners and road users to achieve our desired goals.
On July 19, 2011 the Village Board of Trustees adopted the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program. The program will serve as an additional resource in addressing some of the ongoing traffic concerns in the Village. Traffic calming measures will not be appropriate for many streets and not all streets will qualify for traffic calming measures. However, for some streets traffic calming measures can help to alleviate vehicular volume and speed concerns not resolved by enforcement or conventional engineering solutions.
The program includes a number of important components such as minimum criteria to qualify for traffic calming measures, descriptions of the various allowable measures, and the process that will be followed when a potential project is initiated. The program also provides a detailed flowchart that outlines avenues for both residents and Staff to initiate a project. This flexibility allows residents and the Village to work together in addressing the neighborhoods’ concerns.
Click on the link below to learn more about the program.
Please contact the Public Works Department if you have any questions about the program or want to discuss if traffic calming measures might be an option for your street.
Phone: 847 - 870-5640
E-mail: Public Works Department