This Darien intersection gets a traffic light

DARIEN, IL – The aldermen of Darien on Monday approved a traffic light for Clarendon Hills Road and 67th Street.

Officials said they had been talking with their counterparts in Willowbrook about a traffic light for years.

Darien’s jurisdiction makes up three-quarters of the intersection, while Willowbrook takes up the rest. Willowbrook should pay a quarter of the costs.

In recent months, Aldermen Lester Vaughan and Tom Chlystek have called for a traffic light, citing accidents there.

Last month, KLOA of Rosemont completed a study of the intersection. He revealed that 59 accidents occurred there between 2014 and 2021.

Among the accidents, 19 resulted in injuries and one death. The fatal accident was a head-on collision involving a drunk driver, according to the study.

According to the study, 53 of them were cornering or corner collisions, which could be corrected by a traffic light or a four-way stop.

Accidents have decreased in number in recent years. This follows improvements made to the intersection in response to a 2019 study.

The intersection has stop signs at 67th, but not Clarendon Hills Road.

The traffic study indicated that a light or four-way stop was not warranted.

However, a proposed agreement between Darien and Willowbrook indicates that they have determined that a traffic light is reasonable and in the public interest.

In an email to Patch on Tuesday, city administrator Bryon Vana said the city could, in his opinion, set up a traffic light if authorities deemed it appropriate.

He also noted that the study indicated that the intersection meets a standard for a traffic light – when five or more accidents have occurred in a year and can be corrected by a light. This happened in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2021.

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