A SHARPWATCH Investigation has revealed that 58 Trucks have crashed into the Vollmer Road viaduct in the last few years. A majority of residents are not even aware of the magnitude of this serious problem. (all data obtained through FOIA)
Olympia Fields Village Board
January 23, 2017
Village President Meyers-Martin stated that when there is a disruption at that bridge, traffic is out of commission for hours. Even if the truck does not strike the bridge you have to get that truck out from that space. It takes a very long time. Traffic is diverted. There were two incidents that really made it clear that something had to be done.
The first one there was two teenagers in the car. When the truck struck the bridge a steel beam from the truck went right through the windshield, nearly missing the young girl by inches. She could have been decapitated. That is the kind of thing that if you know that is a possibility you have to address it. That was one incident that was very, very serious.
The second incident, the Mayor from Flossmoor was in a car traveling west on Vollmer Road when a truck traveling east struck the bridge. She saw him within hours of that accident happening. He thought he was a goner because the whole space just went black because the truck had hit the bridge with such force. That’s why we have been pushing this project for this many years. It has been going on for over 30-years and nothing has ever been done. She is happy to say that we are finally being able to see progress and move in a direction where we can address it. She stated that Mrs. Barker was going to speak about the Early Warning System.
FOUR LARGE SIGNS LIKELY IN EFFORTS TO WARN TRUCKERS
ABOUT VOLLMER ROAD VIADUCT
HF Chronicle September 30, 2015
The four cantilever signs would be about as big as those found on interstate highways, Wachtel said. Two would be placed on Vollmer, east of Western and west of Kedzie respectively. The others would be on Kedzie just north of Vollmer and on Western just south of Vollmer. The state and county are expected to help with funding for the signs, she said, and it is likely they will be installed sometime in 2016
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