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Balmoral Traffic Signal Lit, Celebrated


Osterman and Klein speak to attendees.  Credit: Jeremy Bressman

Osterman and Klein speak to attendees. Credit: Jeremy Bressman

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner (CDOT) Gabe Klein ceremoniously turned on the new traffic light on Broadway at Balmoral yesterday. The much needed signal took over two years to become a reality from the time the 48th Ward Office committed to the plan until it was operational.

Many residents and community groups such as area block club Edgewater Beach Neighbors Association (EBNA) had been lobbying for a light at this intersection for years. The intersection proved to be difficult for both pedestrians and vehicles alike, and after numerous accidents, including EBNA resident Bruce Greene being struck by a vehicle, incoming Alderman Osterman agreed to have a traffic study conducted and ultimately ordered the light to be installed.

Greene, who was seriously injured by the incident, was on hand for the ceremony stated “It was wonderful to be there – wide-eyed like a kid on Michigan Ave for the Festival of Lights!” on the EBNA Facebook page.

The corner includes Bromann Park, which has a kids playlot, and many businesses that residents like to walk to including Parkview Pet Supplies and Burke’s Public House.

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