Ridge Lawn goes with the flow

  • Written by Bob Rakow

Changes to traffic patterns designed to improve safety

Changes to the way cars arrive at and depart Ridge Lawn School in Chicago Ridge go into effect on Monday.
The modifications are designed to improve traffic flow near the school, 5757 W. 105th St.
Beginning Oct. 20, parents won’t be allowed to enter the school’s west parking until 8 a.m. Cars that arrive earlier will be required to line up on eastbound 105th Street, along the Chicago Ridge Prairie, according to a letter written sent to parents Oct. 3 by principal Fran Setaro.
From 8-8:30 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m., cars will not be permitted to make a left-hand turn into the west parking lot from westbound 105th Street. Cars will need to re-route so that they can travel eastbound 105th Street to make a right-hand turn into to the lot.
A traffic sign will be posted at the corner of 105th Street and Menard Avenue to indicate the change, which was implemented to improve the flow traffic.
When exiting the lot, cars will be required to turn right. “No left-turn” signs have been posted at the driveway exit, and the school already is following this new procedure, school officials said.
Additionally, cars on westbound 105th Street are prohibited from making a left-hand turn on to Menard Avenue between 8-8:30 a.m. and 2:45-3:15 p.m.
Also, cars cannot make illegal U-turns or use the private lots to turn around.
“This will greatly help the traffic situation,” said Kevin Russell, superintendent of Chicago Ridge School District 127.5. “The design of the school doesn’t lend itself to easy in and easy out.”
Additionally, Russell said, the school will enforce no-parking zones in front of the building with the help of both Chicago Ridge and Oak Lawn police.
The district also is relying on the police to enforce the speed limit near the school as well as cell phone restrictions, Russell said.
The district also is asking parents no to park in private lots across the street from the school, officials said.
Efforts to contact the police departments for comment were unsuccessful.