Or at least the sign is new (or is it just new to me?). The City of Chicago Traffic Information map indicates that the camera was installed June 29, 2009, but I — and I know I’m not alone — just noticed the sign (photo below).
Red Light Camera Signage at
I don’t have crash statistics for the intersection. I can just say anecdotally I haven’t seen any crashes at this intersection, nor any detritus from a crash. Traffic moves pretty darn slowly here, which isn’t a bad thing for Milwaukee Avenue. Slower traffic means drivers have time to take in all that is Milwaukee Avenue, rather than drive through it quickly on the way to someplace else.
I may have said it before: I am regularly amazed at drivers that choose to drive this stretch of Milwaukee Avenue and some distance before and after the stretch. There are quicker routes to get around by car. Diversey Avenue and Kimball Avenue traffic here isn’t much quicker.
But still drivers choose Milwaukee Avenue. I think people like to be part of the action, part of a scene of activity. That doesn’t necessarily apply to Diversey Avenue and Kimball Avenue where drivers don’t have the same options for alternative routes without going out of their way.
However, the heavy/slow Milwaukee Avenue traffic, the six corner intersection, the six or so bus stops, street parking, left turns into the strip center on Diversey Avenue, and more recently the street closures for the Hairpin Lofts construction, combine for a whole lot of things drivers must watch out for. With drivers more on guard, there tends to be reduced speed and fewer crashes.
That’s not to say that drivers don’t run red lights; just to say that this is more about revenue than safety. Beware.
Summer on the Square: St. John Berchmans’ annual block party, Saturday,
June 19, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., at 2517 W. Logan Blvd.; live music, kids’ activities, beer garden and a huge multi-cultural selection of food.