The Avondale Intersection At Logan Boulevard And Western Avenue

“Dangerous intersections” can pose a threat to various types of road users.  These road users include drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  “Dangerous intersections” have been discussed on this site due to the frequency of accidents and injuries that often occur at these intersections.  There can be many reasons why an intersection can be considered dangerous.  Among the reasons can be too much traffic for the roadway; poor visibility; a confusing layout; lack of adequate traffic control; and inappropriate speed limits.

A recent fatal bicycle accident involving Kevin Clark has renewed scrutiny on the Avondale intersection at Logan Boulevard and Western Avenue.  This intersection has been seen as hazardous due to various characteristics.

The renewed scrutiny concerning the safety of the intersection is discussed in the May 28, 2021 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Avondale intersection where ‘School of Rock’ actor was killed had been flagged years ago as ‘notoriously unsafe.'”

An excerpt, citing work done by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA):

The ATA identified the intersection as a “high-crash area” due to poor visibility and high traffic in a study released in 2018. The study included several suggestions for changes that would make the intersection safer to navigate.

Merrell said the recommendations have yet to be put in place, despite community consensus.

“It was very clear that people in the neighborhood all were very familiar with this intersection being notoriously unsafe and hazardous,” Merrell said. “We heard a lot of comments saying that it didn’t matter how people were passing through the intersection, it feels unsafe and uncomfortable for all users of the roadway.”

According to the study, “inadequate lighting” at the intersection “poses a challenge to all users in the corridor.” The study also says the “angle” of the intersection makes it difficult to see traffic lights, while fading street signs create confusion.

The article also mentions various roadway improvements that have been advocated by the ATA with regard to the intersection.


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