A potential road-diet project has been identified in order to improve safety for the motoring public, as well as greater accommodation for all users on Westmore-Meyers Road. Below are some commonly asked questions and their answers, related to the potential Westmore-Meyers Road Diet Project.

What is a Road Diet?

A road diet is defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as, “the conversion of a four-lane undivided road to a three-lane undivided road made up of two through lanes and a center two-way-left-turn-lane.” (https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/info_guide/rdig.pdf)

What are the benefits of a road diet?

Four-lane undivided highways have a history of relatively high crash rates as traffic volumes increase and as the inside lane is shared by higher speed through traffic and left-turning vehicles. The FHWA states that benefits of a road diet may include overall crash reductions, reductions of rear-end and left-turn crashes through the use of a dedicated left-turn lane, fewer lanes for pedestrians to cross and an opportunity install pedestrian refuge islands, and the opportunity to install bicycle lanes when the cross-section with is reallocated.

Why would Westmore-Meyers be identified as a possible location for a potential road diet?
With over 200 accident related incidents on the Westmore-Meyers corridor over the last three (3) years, the area has been identified as a potential location for a road-diet. A majority of these incidents involve rear end collisions due to turning movements. Based upon data and case studies of road diets on similarly configured roadways, a reduction of over 25% is expected if the road-diet were to be implemented. IF constructed, the project would also connect the two regional trails that run through the Village. 

Has this project been approved yet?

NO. The Village is currently collecting information to determine whether or not this project would be appropriate for this location. 

What is the project status as of now? 
After receiving a federal grant, the Village is beginning phase I engineering for the project to determine whether the road-diet is feasible. The Village has retained Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. to perform the traffic volume feasibility study. The results of the feasibility study will be presented to the various Standing Committees of the Village Board for review and consideration.

What will happen next?
The findings for the feasibility study and the recommendations from the various Committees will determine the next steps the Village will take in regard to the proposed project, however, a final decision on whether or not the project will be constructed has NOT been made as of this time. There will be public meetings to present the findings of the traffic study results and to receive additional input before proceeding. Updates will be shared on this page, www.villageoflombard.org/roaddiet.