Homewood resident James Bolden is sick and tired of cars speeding past his 187th Street home. That’s why he presented the village board with a petition to install a stop sign at the intersection of 187th Street and Ashland Avenue during the Nov. 27 business meeting.
“There’s been several accidents,” Bolden said. “My neighbor got hit twice, pulling out of his driveway. My wife got hit once. Four weeks ago we had an accident on Ashland Avenue and 187th.”
Bolden says he frequently witnesses school busses and cars speeding down the road in excess of 45 miles per hour.
Police Chief Larry Burnson acknowledged the road is particularly problematic.
“It’s a natural throughway between Glenwood, Chicago Heights and the Flossmoor area,” Burnson said. “It has a very low speed limit for a street that’s a feeder route.”
Terrace Ave., a street south of Bolden’s home, has two stop signs despite significantly reduced traffic, Burnson added.
Bolden says he called police about the matter, but a more dependable solution is necessary.
“I understand (the police) cannot patrol this road all night, all day,” Bolden said. “They have other things to do …”
Chief Burnson said police do frequently patrol the area with radar but, as Bolden mentioned, 24-hour enforcement is impossible.
Village Manager Jim Marino will be looking into the issue, Mayor Richard Hofeld told Bolden.