Fossil Ridge Road and North Riverside Blvd.

Ever since Riverside opened up the thoroughfare to the Merchantile area, the traffic on North Riverside Blvd has increased. The Fossil Ridge Housing area has only two exits. One exit turns onto Western Center and you can ONLY make a right turn going West. The other exit is Fossil Ridge Blvd, which has become increasingly dangerous at time due to several factors. First, there is a wall at the entrance of the housing area that blocks the oncoming traffic southbound from Basswood that with the traffic that is suppose to be driving at 40 mph, it doesn't give you the proper viewing distance to turn left out of the housing area. Then, the speed limit is suppose to be 40 mph, but there are people that are driving 45 - 50 mph along this road, especially during rush hours. During the rush hour periods, it is nearly impossible to do a left hand turn out of this housing area and even a right hand turn gets tricky. My suggestions to resolve these issues are: A sensored stop light at Fossil Ridge and North Riverside. Take down the wall that is next to the Extended Care facilities, which would allow a second left hand turn out of the housing area onto Western Center Blvd. Either that or change the median on Western Center to allow a left turn from Friendsway and place a stop light there. Last suggestion is to change the speed limit to 35 mph on North Riverside Blvd and have the speed sensor that shows how fast the people are driving. We could really use your help. There are several elderly people who live in this area and there could be a really bad accident one of these days. If you would like to see what I mean, park near the park from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and you will see what I mean. Park at the stop sign and see if you can see all the way up the street for the cars that are speeding towards you? I have an 80 year old parents that are scared to cross this road even when someone else is driving because of the oncoming traffic from both directions. We would appreciate your assistance.


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  • Diane Workman
    commented 2016-04-24 21:05:18 -0500
    One correction to the street names. It is Fossil Park Drive, not Fossil Ridge.
  • Matthew Brashear
    commented 2016-04-23 21:20:10 -0500
    Hi Diane, Thank you for your feedback from the community. I have forwarded your very thorough and detailed account of the issues you and your neighbors face to the District 4 Director. You should be hearing from her or someone in her office next week. Thank you.
  • Diane Workman
    commented 2016-04-23 21:16:21 -0500
    One other suggestion that I failed to mention above, is to have the wall that is honoring a lady for the park, should be moved back at least 10 feet more to the West of North Riverside Blvd, so it doesn’t block the view of oncoming southbound traffic.
  • Diane Workman
    published this page in Community Feedback 2016-04-23 21:13:43 -0500