One more stop added to Reed Street
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org August 23, 2012 12:00PM
Residents driving through Reed and Oneida streets need to pay attention to a new four-way stop sign being installed by the city of Joliet on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. File photo | Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 27, 2012 11:08AM
JOLIET — The city will install stop signs for Friday at Reed and Oneida streets, the second of two corners where neighbors wanted to slow down traffic.
The all-way stop is being created despite a city traffic study that showed it was not needed.
Residents in the Cathedral Area neighborhood, however, said the corner frequently is a site of near-miss accidents and a hazard for school children. Those concerns were the basis for authorizing the stop sign, said Joliet City Councilman Michael Turk, whose public service committee reviewed the matter.
The committee earlier authorized a stop sign that was installed in June at Reed and Western Avenue. Neighbors then said stop signs at both Western and Oneida were needed. They said Reed had become a short cut for cars avoiding nearby commercial streets, which led to more cars traveling at higher speeds.
The committee, however, wanted a traffic study before making its decision about the sign at Oneida. The decision to OK the sign at Oneida was made Tuesday.