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Lighting Upgrades Soon, Roundabout Later for 183rd and Oak Park Avenue

The roundabout is still coming, officials said. But first, some changes to the traffic lights at 183rd and Oak Park Avenue.

Lighting Upgrades Soon, Roundabout Later for 183rd and Oak Park Avenue

Lighting upgrades planned for 183rd and Oak Park Avenue will precede the intersection's conversion into a roundabout, Tinley Park officials said recently. 

The Village will chip in to upgrade the stoplights from bulb-based to LED, also adding countdown pedestrian signals, as included in IDOT's plans. The agency will take the project from conception to completion; Tinley Park will pay $7,807 (3 percent) for upgrades to 10 of its intersections. 

The roundabout is still about three years away, which will give the Village time to recoup the cost of the lighting upgrades, Chicago Tribune reports. Officials say the roundabout will help cut back on traffic problems, which sees traffic converge from First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park Convention Center, and I-80. The roundabout funnels drivers around a center island, only allowing righthand turns.

The Village of Tinley Park has received grant funding to help pay for a substantial portion of the cost of the engineering and construction, according to  FAQ from the Village. 

Work on the roundabout could begin as early as 2015.

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