Traffic Circle Study Begins

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Some who live in two east side neighborhoods say speeding cars are putting their kids' safety at risk, but a new study started today to slow down drivers.

Traffic is moving a little slower down South 2nd Street. A welcome change for Carmen Olivares who lives at the corner of 2nd and Oak.

"The speed limit is 30 but cars go sometimes like 50 and there’s been a couple accidents where cars come and crash into vehicles parked on this side, on the road," Olivares said.

Olivares says she constantly worries those speeding cars may someday crash into her kids.

"My kids as you can see, they're always playing around so it's good to slow down traffic for them," she said.

Barrels are slowing cars; it's a temporary fix for now. Over the next three months the city will decide whether to install traffic circles at South 2nd and Oak, 2nd and Grove, and Crosby and Highland.

It's a change that could make the intersection safer for not only drivers, but also for those who live in the area.

"Cars are actually respecting the fact that there are barricades in the middle of the road and I think it’s safer for everybody,” Olivares said.

The city wants to hear our feedback on the circles.
To voice your opinion just call or email the public works department at 815-987-5771.

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