Thursday, August 23, 2012
The store with drive-thru, which is proposed for the former BP location, was sent back to the committee level for further review.
For everyone anticipating a new Dunkin’ Donuts in Northfield, it turns out there is time now for the proverbial extra cup of coffee as the matter was sent back to the committee level for additional review Monday. The proposed 1,900 square-foot store at the former BP location, 1900 Willow Rd., was referred back to the Architectural Commission for further review on the streetscape along Willow Road, outdoor seating and signage variances. Some residents who live on Crooked Creek Lane, which is directly south of the proposed store, say the new store and proposed drive-thru could bring traffic, noise and lighting issues. “I’ve worked hard all my life and I’ve earned the right not to get up at five in the morning,” said Dean Poolis, a …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Project set to begin in early 2013 will widen two miles of the roadway and add pedestrian walkways, crossing signals, decorative enhancements and landscaped medians.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) formally announced their agreement with Northfield concerning the hotly debated widening of Willow Road, and contributions from North Shore residents who helped move the project forward were recognized, late Friday afternoon. “I would like to acknowledge the extensive efforts of the many community members from Northfield, Glenview, Northbrook and Winnetka who participated through the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process,” said Fred Gougler, Northfield president, in the press release. The newly approved plan will include widening Willow Road to two lanes in either direction between Waukegan Road and the Edens Expressway. The lanes will be narrower compared to the current width, the …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The overwhelming majority of close to 100 poll participants agree it is time to widen Willow Road from two to four lanes.
Winnetka-Glencoe Patch readers who responded to our unscientific poll last week regarding Northfield’s approval of widening Willow Road overwhelmingly agree with the decision. The vote by the Village of Northfield June 18 gave the green light to an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to widen Willow Road to four lanes between Waukegan Road and the Eden’s Expressway. Currently, the 1.2 miles of roadway is two lanes wide and causes serious congestion for nearby residents and commuters, in addition to being deemed one of the most dangerous areas in Northfield. Of the 97 people who participated in the poll which asked "Are you in Favor of Expanding Willow Road to Four Lanes," 83 percent of …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Village of Northfield approved widening Willow Road to four lanes in an effort to reduce congestion between Waukegan Road and the Edens Expressway.
On Monday, the Northfield village board approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to widen Willow Road to four lanes by the spring of 2013. Issues have included severe congestion between Waukegan Road and the Edens Expressway. Neaby residents have reported motorists speeding through local neighborhoods to find a way around heavy traffic. A 30 mph speed limit would be implemented and pedestrian sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road as part of the $35-million project. Share in our comment section below why you support, or don't support this decison.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Village board sets out design details, and state and local costs to widen road.
The Northfield village board on Monday night approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the widening of Willow Road from two lanes to four. The project, which could start next spring, will cost the state about $33.7 million. Northfield’s costs will be about $1.3 million, but that will likely be reduced by a state transportation grant and reimbursement from private property owners for a traffic light that will benefit them. What’s more, the village negotiated $2.5 million in special project funding from the state that can be put towards the village’s portion of the project's storm water improvements and utility projects. Earlier: Questions raised at Willow Road public hearing Attorney Edward …