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The Most Dangerous Intersection in H-F Is?

In attempt to address a slew of traffic complaints, we want to know what you think is the most dangerous intersection in town.

Earlier in the month, Patch published a story about a Flossmoor resident's concerns about speeding on Sterling Avenue. Just the other day, a Patch reader mentioned frustration over the intersection of Highland Avenue and Ridge Road and, before that, another complained about Chayes Court and Governors Highway. Needless to say, there’s a lot of concerns about local traffic, and that makes us curious. 

So we want to know, what do you think is the most dangerous intersection in both and ? The results will be presented to both local governments.

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Innocent Bystander July 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Willow & Dixie there have been at least a dozen accidents with injuries with one death on Xmas Eve a few years ago. They have replaced the stop lights several times because of accidents knocking them down and even reconfigured the Stop Lights to prevent more accidents. I have seen 2 accidents with injuries and stop lights knocked down twice in the last two months. Ryan, it would be interesting to get the police reports on all of these accidents in the last ten years. My mother in law was even involved in a T-Bone crossing Dixie on Willow when some kids in a beater car blew the light. It wouldn't seem like a dangerous intersection by looking at it but it is deadly.
Martina Pohl-Martin July 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Not an intersection, but I'd love to see the reports on the 183rd exit out of Cherry Creek Plaza. Having worked in the Plaza for years, "There goes another one" was one of the regular phrases used everytime we would hear the sirens.
TG July 31, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I agree with this one. It is very dangerous. I normally go to Aberdeen and cross at the light to avoid it.
Thomahawk July 31, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Ridge & Center...going into Izaak Walton. Many kids walk across in the spring and summer to get to baseball/softball. Year round people cross to access Izaak. Most cars go too fast on this stretch of road.
Homewood Jim July 31, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Let's be honest. One of the main reasons that intersections become 'dangerous' is that almost no one observes the posted speed limit. Ridge, 183rd, & Ashland all are 30 mph. Anyone who drives 30 usually receives the one-finger salute from the other drivers who believe that the speed limits do not apply to THEM. I propose speed traps on these streets, with all the fines use to cut down & grind the dead ash trees.
Deanna McIntyre July 31, 2012 at 01:38 PM
There are two sections on 183rd Street that are super dangerous - the first is in front of the HF Fitness Club and Francisco (so many people are hit pulling in or out of both club entrances and Francisco Ave) and the other is in front of Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Governor's Highway and 183rd Street - there is no turn lane there or median and it is really dangerous to turn in (heading West) or pull out if you're heading North (turn lane) or West. Oh, not to list them off but the intersection where Park and Dixie meet (the West side of the viaduct just North of the train station) is incredibly dangerous to cross. The blind spots there are intense and sometimes you kind of have to jump out on a wish and a prayer, holding on...and that's no way to drive. If we can't put a light or stop sign or something in there, can't we do something that makes it a little safer? It really is incredible how much traffic has increased in our little town - even downtown is un-navigable during rush hour sometimes. I love to see all the activity, but it is frustrating that one can wait up to 10 minutes to get across traffic in some areas. Thanks for asking, Patch!
Joel July 31, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Same here.
ridgeroadmike July 31, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Anything from Halsted to Ashland/Riegel on Ridge is scary. And the reason is speeders, definitely. I live just west of Center and, even if I can see no one coming around the curve by Izaak Walton, I stand a good chance of being rear-ended just coming out of my driveway.
Kate Duff July 31, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I agree that the speeding on Ridge is ridiculous. Another very dangerous intersection for pedestrians is at Highland. The children's daycare, adult daycare, Irwin Center & DQ mean lots of children & seniors crossing there and nobody respects the crosswalk. I would like to see at least signage reminding drivers they must yield to pedestrians, if not a light.
Homewood Neighbor July 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I also wonder how these new bike lanes will effect the traffic. I think as drivers we are going to need a class on just how they work since they take up a good portion of our driving lane and end and begin randomly. Just check out Dixie Highway in the downtown (just the one small block between Ridge and Hickory) ... you have the parked cars, car doors opening into traffic, cars parallel parking, parking lots, bike lanes, traffic and pedestrians...the amount of activity and hazards a driver has to look out for is absolutely terrifying.
June Whitehand July 31, 2012 at 06:09 PM
That would be a great addition to the next Village Key!
John56 July 31, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I agree HN....The new configuration barely leaves enough room to fit my mini van in the lane. As it is now, I have to hug the median line. Seems like a bad idea to me.
carolyn bury July 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Here's the problem at 183rd and Center which I've observed first-hand: 1) facing north on Center and turning left onto 183rd while someone on 183rd facing west is turning south onto Center 2) A need to position my car well past the pedestrian crosswalk (in the street) to be able to see the oncoming east-bound traffic because of a large tree, utility pole and sign blocking the view 3) a kid on a bike riding on the sidewalk passes behind me in the crosswalk 4) the car turning onto Center just misses the kid who the driver can't see because my van is blocking his/her view. You can wait a long time to turn left there so the (now hyptothetical) kid or car turning south might not be present when you start to move out into the street for proper visibility. This scenario describes a potentially tragic accident that hasn't yet happened due to sheer luck. Something should be done with signage, rules or taking the tree down or moving the utility pole and sign to avoid this scenario, especially with school about to start.
Kate Duff July 31, 2012 at 06:55 PM
You know what I'd love to see? Homewood declaring itself a Safe Driving Community with zero tolerance for speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving, etc. I suspect (without data at hand) that cracking down on unsafe driving practices would probably have a positive impact on reducing crime in general. There are models available for how the various constituents -- such as government, business, citizens, schools -- could work together to promote and enforce safe driving practices. As well as building a safer environment for residents that live here now, this is the kind of initiative that could play well into the Village's efforts to encourage young families to relocate to Homewood from the city,
lynne July 31, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Speeding tickets and other traffic violation like failing to yoeld to pedestrians, blowing red lights, blowing stop signs should be atleast $500-$1,000 fines and go up after each violation. Maybe people would start abiding by the law and when they don't, the village gets a nice chunk of change! They should also be fined more if they break the law with a child in the car.
lynne July 31, 2012 at 07:14 PM
And i dont think you should be able to park on ridge anymore. Tear down Toms and make it a big parking lot or something.
FlossmoorMom July 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
That's a great idea Kate! Ryan, can we as the Mayor about that?
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 08:26 PM
My vote goes for the north Homewood viaduct.
Teri K Baldwin July 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I have to agree with Anita!
TG August 01, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I think the exits from the Washington Square strip mall and Home Depot onto Halsted where people are allowed to cross Halsted and/or make a left turn deserve a mention. They should be restricted to right turns only. The west side of the Halsted and Maple intersection is also really bad.
Dave Dougherty August 01, 2012 at 04:19 AM
187th and center ... most ignore the stop signs, bushes at the nw corner obscure view,
SHUSSBAR August 01, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Can only agree with Homewood JIm. I don t see any dangerous intersection, just dangerous driving behaviours aka. speeding/texting/phone Also agree with Tony, the speed trap set by police always at the same place (parking of the Jewish temple on 183 rd) is lame : a huge police car , why not turning on siren and light too to signal your presence :-) They still manage to catch some but not enough. I see hundreds of cars, trucks, school buses driving in excess of 30 mph daily ( i live on 183rd). Can t they put a hidden trap ?.
SHUSSBAR August 01, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The new bikes ''lanes'' look like a joke to me. They don t protect bikers more. they sometime are painted between the car lane and the parking lane . Scary. Speeders on your left, drivers opening their doors without looking on the left. Deadly. At the light Ridge/Ashland-Riegel, the bike lane ends up in the middle of the traffic lane, next the the turning lane left on Asdhland. Weird.
SHUSSBAR August 01, 2012 at 12:08 PM
+1 Kate. Great idea.
James August 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
We always use the light at Aberdeen. We NEVER go out onto 183rd from Center. It is a terrible and unsafe intersection that I am surprised more accidents don't occur there.
Sue Johnson August 05, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I agree with Ryan. I don't understand how it is possible to be at the stop sign on Park right by the viaduct and "know" when it is okay to proceed ahead. You can't see the traffic coming underneath the viaduct at all?? I have had several near misses there myself as it's a short cut to the expressway after dropping off at the train station...but oncoming traffic doesn't stop .....the visibility is IMPOSSIBLE! We can no longer make a left turn right in front of the viaduct for that very reason that we can't see traffic coming south of DIxie before going under viaduct....(there is road closed sign and cones in right hand lane).....
T'sMom August 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I agree with alot of the comments made regarding the certain intersections in Homewood, especially @ 183rd & Center, I was involved in an accident there years ago & I'm sure there have been plenty more since mine, still nothing is done to change the situation there. And, I agree with Thomahawk regarding Ridge & Center, as I Iive near this area, my suggestion is Homewood police should just park an empty squad car in front of the 911 Call Center just for a day or two, as some of these cars are speeding at least 40 mph or more on this stretch turning off Halsted St. heading west on Ridge. Once these speeders see that squad car around the curve they will slow down or stop taking that route due to the police presence shown. At times, Ridge & Loomis, can be very hard to turn in either directions due to people speeding on Ridge Road. Per the Bike Lanes don't get me started, there is too much congestion on certain roads in Homewood to allow it. The plan should have been thought out better before spending all the money for it. Before you know it someone will sue Homewood due being injured per using the marked Bike lanes in some of these congested traffic areas of Homewood.
Homewood Neighbor August 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I was thinking the same thing re bike lanes and Village liability. At what point does it become the liability of the Village ... hmm. It is entertaining though to see them as they pop up and check out just how ridiculous some of them are...in front of DQ to Dixie they are within the actual driving lane...how is that going to work? I guess the cars need to slow down to the speed of the bikes if you are stuck behind one. LOL
Blind Dog Fulton August 09, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@Tony Dauginas -- You are right, riders have every right to use the road as we drivers do. But the big disconect is that they have to follow the SAME rules as the the drivers do. I too often see riders not stopping at red lights, not stopping at stop signs, and flying past cars at a the stop light just to get in the front. THEY need to follow the rules of the road and if they don't and god forbid one of them gets hit by a car it will always be the drivers fault. BTW the bike lanes and little signs that are now posted look bad.
Mr. Jack August 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM
183rd and Highland has had a lot of bad accidents over the years due to the hill on 183rd, just west of Highland. It's a bad blind spot, especially in the winter when cars going too fast cannot stop in time to prevent a rear-end collision. I've seen it happen too many times.

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