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Roundabouts provide safer and more efficient traffic flow in many locations because traffic moves slower and in only one direction. That means there are fewer crashes, the crashes are less severe, and traffic flows smoothly. Roundabouts also provide air quality improvements by reducing idling time because traffic flows continuously rather than constantly starting and stopping.
With the roundabout complete, the rest of the roadway work is scheduled for 2020. The reconstruction of 14th Street from IL 131 to Jackson Street in North Chicago and Waukegan will feature a "road diet," where four lanes will be reduced to three, providing one lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Traffic volumes at this location no longer support four lanes, and this concept makes room available to build non-motorized facilities such as a sidewalk on the south side and a bike path on the north side. The pedestrian accommodations will also provide a new continuous trail connection between Greenbelt Forest Preserve and the Robert McClory Bike Path. The center turn lane will enhance safety for the many turning vehicles in the roadway, and the off-street pedestrian facilities will improve safety for pedestrians and bikers.