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Village Planning Temporary Traffic Signals at 153rd and Ravinia

Orland Park trustees also moved a new seafood restaurant a step forward during Monday night’s village board and committee meetings.

With the opening of Whole Foods soon approaching in early November, and LaGrange Road widening in 2013, Orland Park is planning to test adding traffic signals at 153rd Street and Ravinia Avenue.

Orland Park’s Development Services Committee agreed to send a traffic study to the full board for a vote during Monday night’s meeting that will look at what additional traffic controls might be needed at the intersection, starting with temporary signals. A date for when the temporary signals will go up has not been set yet, though residents and visitors should expect it around Whole Foods’ Nov. 2 opening date.

“Our plan is to get the study done prior to the opening,” said Orland Park Development Services Director Karie Friling Monday night. “We need the before and after. (The signals) will stay up for a while. We’re trying to determine whether any changes need to be made to the geometry of the road, what the new traffic counts are going to be. And once those issues are resolved, the question will be do we switch from temporary signal to permanent?”

Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. will do the study for $18,500, according to a village memo.

“We know when Whole Foods opens there will be a surge,” Friling said. “Traffic needs to calm down so we can see what the new normal traffic patterns will be. The study will take a couple of months. Then we can put the temp signals up and finish it.”

Trustee Ed Schussler asked about putting a roundabout in at the intersection, and while staff said it was possible, it was not recommended.

The traffic study is also meant to help with possible traffic changes once an extensive LaGrange Road widening project begins. The work is expected to start in 2013 and include roadway from 131st Street to 179th Street.

The full board is expected to vote on the traffic study at the Oct. 1 meeting.

New Seafood Restaurant Coming to Orland Park

Bonefish Grill, a specialty seafood restaurant with locations across the country, is looking to open up a 5,208 square-foot restaurant at 15537 S. LaGrange Road near Lowe’s. According to their website, the restaurant “specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties.”

The Development Services committee approved Monday night sending the restaurant’s plan to open to the full board for a final vote.

“It’s more likely that if they do break ground this year it will be grading and utility work, and the majority of the actual building will be in the spring,” Friling said about when the restaurant would open. “I can’t say what their schedule is, because they plan that, not us. But just because we are quickly approaching winter I would say work would probably be from March to June.”

Read the attached packet for a description of the restaurant’s plans.

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