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Village issues Public Meeting Notice for Wentworth Ave improvement project

Thursday, September 12, 10:00am, at Village Hall

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (August 26, 2019) – At the August 20 Village Board meeting, Village Administrator Dan Podgorski announced that a Public Meeting will be held regarding the Wentworth Avenue resurfacing project scheduled to take place in 2020. A memo from Assistant Village Engineer Steve Kaminsky explained that the project includes not only resurfacing from Ridge Road to 177th Place, but also “curb, gutter, and sidewalk improvements, and restriping…[that] will reduce the number of lanes from four to three for this entire roadway segment” from Ridge Road to Bernice Road.

The Wentworth Avenue improvement project includes reducing the number of lanes from four to three, so the lanes can be widened. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The three lanes will include a dedicated lane in each direction and a shared center lane for left turns. Because the traffic pattern will be changing, a Public Meeting is required before the project can proceed.

The change will allow for lanes that are slightly wider, which is particularly helpful along the outside lanes where the road meets the curb, and where manhole covers are installed. The additional space away from the outside edges can help preserve the roads and curbs.

Wider lanes can help prevent damage where the road meets the curb. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 8/23/19)

In addition, Kaminsky reported that four lanes are not necessary to accommodate the amount of traffic on Wentworth, and that crash data suggests a dedicated left turn lane increases safety by reducing rear-end collisions.

The Village of Lansing is inviting the interested public to attend an Open House Public Meeting about the resurfacing project. Plans showing the proposed improvements—including pavement markings—will be available for review.

The meeting is scheduled for:

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Lansing Municipal Center Community Room, 3141 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL 60438

The meeting will include discussion of the proposed improvements and the project schedule, and there will be time for public comments. Exhibits will be on display, and representatives from the Village of Lansing and their consultants will be present to discuss the project and answer questions.

Written comments regarding the project may be completed at the public meeting or mailed to Administrator Podgorski no later than September 20, 2019. A comment box will be provided for all questions and concerns.

The Municipal Center is accessible to people with a disability, and if additional special accommodations are needed, those can be requested by September 5, 2019.

For more information, contact:

  • Dan Podgorski, Village Administrator
    Village of Lansing
    3141 Ridge Road
    Lansing, IL 60438
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.