Should right turns onto Raymond Avenue, Deyo Avenue and DuBois Boulevard from westbound 47th Street during the morning and evening rush hours be prohibited? That’s the recommendation from the Brookfield Public Safety Committee, which pitched the idea to the Brookfield Village Board on Oct. 28.
According to the committee, impatient motorists are using those streets as high-speed short cuts when slow moving trains blocking the 47th Street/Eberly Avenue intersection cause cars to pile up.
Tim Heilenbach, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said that motorists will speed north along those streets to Sahler Avenue and then west of Eberly Avenue to avoid inching toward the intersection in order to turn north on Eberly Avenue.
Or, Heilenbach said, motorists will speed north four blocks to Shields Avenue, sometimes blowing through stop signs, and then head west to beat trains at the Cossitt Avenue crossing in LaGrange before heading back south to 47th Street.
“They’re taking that turn and zipping right down,” said Heilenbach.
While the issue came to the committee as the result of a complaint from just one resident, Heilenbach said the committee felt strongly about the recommendation because “everyone on the committee has witnessed this.”
The committee has recommended that right turns onto Raymond, Deyo and DuBois from westbound 47th Street be prohibited from 6 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Right turns are not a problem for Blanchan Avenue, since that street is one way heading south. According to Heilenbach, the evening rush hour is a particular problem.
But on Oct. 28, Brookfield trustees weren’t ready to agree to the measure, particularly since the recommendation stemmed from just one resident.
“I’m concerned we have not heard from any other residents,” said Trustee Ryan Evans, who stated that prohibiting right turns would also inconvenience residents who live on those streets and for delivery drivers.
As a result, trustees will again take up the issue at their committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 11 at the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
In order to obtain more input, the village on Thursday sent out letters inviting residents of the area to attend and provide their points of view on the committee’s recommendation.
The village board is expected to come to a consensus to either move forward or reject the Public Safety Committee’s recommendation at the Nov. 11 meeting with a possible vote on Nov. 23.