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Western Springs Poll: Ogden Crosswalk a Plus?

You tell us: is the new, updated crosswalk across Ogden Avenue to Bemis Woods a great solution, or are there too many issues with it?

( results: of 348 respondents, 60 percent [210] favored a park or open land in Timber Trails Unit II, 29 percent [103] wanted a nine-hole golf course, 6 percent [21] wanted a housing development and 4 percent [14] thought of something else entirely.)

Even if you haven't yet used the revamped Ogden Avenue crosswalk to reach Bemis Woods, you've probably at least driven through it and noticed the signage and lights. So what's your call?

From comments on our , it seems like there are three schools of thought about the changes: it's either a long-overdue solution, a flawed step in the right direction or a disaster just waiting to happen.

So we're putting it up to a poll! Improving this crosswalk has been a topic of discussion for at least as long as Patch has been in Western Springs, and now that it has finally come to fruition, is it helping, hurting or somewhere in-between?

And as always, please leave a comment explaining your choice! Got any interesting stories about the crosswalk thus far?

Darren McRoy July 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The problem is that that is not Western Springs land on the north side of Ogden Avenue--it's Cook County Forest Preserve land. And Cook County doesn't really have a lot of spare money to throw around right now for crosswalk improvements.
Darren McRoy July 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
(Apologies, a sidewalk.) And a bike path would be an IDOT thing, I believe, since they control Ogden/34. There's a lot of bureaucratic crosstalk involved--it took forever just to do this crosswalk.
KATHY G July 12, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thank you for the insight! I just hope that it will not take a horrific event like on 47th street to make a safer alternative and of course any help is always an improvement and appreciated!
David Weaver August 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I find it hard to believe that our government officials actually believe they have installed a safer alternative to playing "dodge traffic" on Ogdon Ave. It only takes one uninformed/careless driver to cause a real tragedy. Perhaps those who harbor a suicide wish will cross at the new blinking light Ogden speedway crossing. I believe, and cost what it will, we need to replace the blinking lights with a real push button operated stoplight.
Dell August 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I think without the option of a push-button stoplight, this project probably should have been put on hold and should definitely be re-evaluated now that safety issues are being raised.

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