Claremont Calming Coming Closer

Claremont/71st Street is a clean shot from Cass in Darien to Main in DG, a nifty bypass of hectic 75th Street. Cars zip back and forth all day with only a few stop signs. Zipping is the problem for residents who live on the street. Posted speed limits of 25-30 MPH are pretty much ignored; obeying them risks an angry tailgater that wants you the hell outta the way. Residents of both DG and Darien have asked for help. In Darien, a temp speed bump was installed last year, removed for winter so the snow plows didn’t trash it, and it was reinstalled recently.

DG purchased a similar product, and as soon as a few needed steps are taken, it can be installed somewhere on Claremont in DG. It looks like the purchased traffic speed table (a more effective, wider device shown on the right) will go in somewhere on Claremont in about thirty days.

‘Traffic Czar’ Bill Wrobel has campaigned patiently and continuously for traffic calming devices on streets with speeding drivers that more resemble raceways. Prairie Avenue is another candidate for calming devices. I thought asphalt was the way to go, but more and more, rubber removable devices are being employed by municipalities because they can be moved around as needed, and are not a permanent addition to the street. Council member Sean Durkin first brought back information on the temporary rubber devices last year, and has, along with Wrobel, championed their use.


4 Responses to “Claremont Calming Coming Closer”

  1. John Schofield Says:

    Kudos to Bill Wrobel and others who have educated the Village to the need and the technology.

  2. Sideline Observer Says:

    They can put one of these at every school crosswalk as far as I’m concerned.

  3. David Bennett Says:


    As of 10/8/08 there’s about 10 of these things between Main and Fairview. Thanks for ruining our property values, DG. You people are deranged: seek help.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Instead of putting 10 of these “traffic bumps” why don’t you just install more stop signs and have the police monitor that area for speeders. These “traffic bumps” are not only an eye sore for the home owners, but can cause safety concerns to the neighboring communities. How can an emergency vehicle (e.g. fire truck, 911-responder) respond quickly and efficiently when they must decrease their speed significantly just to drive through this street? The Village of Downers Grove will be the blame if an emergency responder was not able to save a life because crucial time was lost while driving down these “traffic bumps”.

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