Woodrow Street Seeks Speedy Solution

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By Charles Collier, The Denmark News

On Tuesday morning, August 2, four 25 mile-per-hour speed limit signs were placed on Woodrow Street between Green Bay Ave and North Ave.

Residents on Woodrow Street have been working with the Village to help taper speeding vehicles on the increasingly popular thoroughfare since late May. Families fear for the safety of their kids, bikers and runners are concerned about their own safety, and the Village is concerned with long-term safety of the street.

Some residents have put signs in their yards thanking drivers for slowing down.  

The Village has placed “no parking” signs on the east side of the street to combat Salm Partners, LLC employees from clogging the mostly residential street, one of the original complaints. This signage, along with police patrols and subsequent pullovers has contributed to a noticeable change in speed.

Ideas to implement speed-reading signs, ones which display a driver’s current speed, have essentially been quashed after Deputy Dan Delebreau reported each sign costs $3,400.

Discussion over a final solution to the safety concerns became contentious after cost-estimates for sidewalks came to the table.

Trustee Vince Wertel, who has worked most closely with the affected Village residents, expressed frustration over the sidewalk solution, which is estimated to cost upwards of $80,000.

“This is the first time that I’ve been on a committee and we went from the most conservative, cost-effective option to the most expensive one. Would it be safer? Yes. But looking through my notes, all the issues are speed-related. Let’s try to most cost-effective option first, and go from there.”

The Board had sought multiple cost estimates for varying projects, and the $80,000 figure represents the most ambitious concept of placing sidewalks on both sides of Woodrow running from Green Bay Ave to North Ave, connecting with the Daybreak Estates sidewalks.

Trustee Al Schilke voiced his support for the sidewalk in the vein of avoiding a pedestrian fatality.

“It’s an awful expense, but once you lose a child, you don’t get them back.” Schilke said.

“It’s a growing community, and things are going to have to change.”

Financial estimates for the sidewalk are purely speculative at this point, and the project is far from becoming reality.

Trustees Susan Selner and Mary Jo Bielinski suggested to watch how the newly installed signage affects the street and to re-assess the situation, “down the road,” so to speak.