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Should Speed Bumps Be Installed Along Avondale Stretch? After Neighbors Complain Of Speeding Drivers, Alderman Launches Survey

Under the plan, speed bumps would be installed on Barry Avenue between Kimball and Kedzie avenues.

An Avondale stretch of Barry Avenue.
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AVONDALE — Speed bumps could soon be installed on a residential stretch in Avondale to deter reckless driving.

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa’s 35th Ward office launched an online survey earlier this month to gauge neighbors’ interest in the plan after residents complained of speeding drivers at a community policing meeting, Chief of Staff Jessica Vasquez said.

The speed bumps would be added on Barry Avenue between Kimball and Kedzie avenues. Neighbors said drivers are cutting through Barry to get to the highway, endangering themselves and pedestrians, Vasquez said.

The speed bump survey has drawn a total of 51 responses since it launched April 6. Forty-six neighbors support the speed bumps while five oppose the plan, Vasquez said.

Currently, the level of support is well above the 65 percent mark the alderman’s office requires to implement such a plan, Vasquez said.

This week, the alderman’s office will begin checking addresses to ensure the neighbors who filled out the survey actually live on Barry or adjacent to the street. If the addresses check out, Vasquez said they’ll put in an order for the asphalt speed bumps.

The speed bumps will take two to three months to install depending on the city’s workload, Vasquez said.

To fill out the survey, go here.

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