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More radar speed signs coming to Evanston

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A recently-installed radar speed sign on Emerson Street east of Laurel Avenue.

Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve a local match for a federal safe routes to school grant that will bring 20 more radar speed limit signs to town within a few months.

The $110,000 cost of the solar-powered signs will be 80 percent paid for by the grant, with the other 20 percent to come from city funds.

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Research indicates radar speed signs are generally effective in reducing speeds where they’re installed, with the greatest speed reduction seen among the fastest-moving cars.

The latest signs switch from showing the car’s actual speed to a message saying “Too Fast” above a specified level over the speed limit to discourage drivers from trying to see how high they can get the display to read.

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Pending approval by the state highway department, the contract to purchase the signs is expected to be issued in November.

A map showing proposed sign locations indicates four will be installed on Ridge Avenue; three on Central Street; two each on Asbury, Chicago and Dodge avenues and Main and Oakton streets, and one each on Church Street, McCormick Boulevard and Sheridan Road.

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Update 6:50 a.m. 8/16/16: The City Council approved the radar speed sign proposal on its consent agenda Monday night.

 

Courtesy: Bill Smith

 
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