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Buffalo Grove Traffic Signal Delayed, But Still Coming

Plans remain in place for the installation of a new traffic signal on Buffalo Grove Road just north of Dundee Road.

An additional traffic signal is still coming to Buffalo Grove Road, village officials said this week. They just aren’t sure when it will be installed. 

A new traffic light was part of the package approved in 2012, when Chase Bank was given permission to construct a freestanding building at the northwest corner of Dundee and Buffalo Grove Roads.

The developer was supposed to obtain permits from the county and state for the signal before beginning construction of the bank. The bank is now nearly complete and a sign in front of it states that it will soon be open for business.

The developer has applied for a permit for the traffic signal from Cook County, but it has not yet been issued, Village Engineer Darren Monico said this week. He said he has no indication of how long it will be before that happens, but that construction is planned to begin in the spring.

The light will be installed at the north entrance of The Plaza shopping center, which is home to The Continental, among other businesses. Garden Fresh Market is expected to move into the anchor spot, formerly occupied by Dominick’s, in March.

The update came at the request of a resident who expressed concerns over accidents at the shopping center’s entrance.

“I witnessed another close call yesterday,” said Adam Moodhe told the Village Board on Monday. And, he added, traffic volume will likely increase there once Garden Fresh opens for business. 

The 2012 agreement between the Chase Bank developer and the village was inked years after a similar agreement with Dominick’s fell through. The grocery company

was supposed to install the signal when it relocated its store to The Plaza shopping center from Cambridge Commons in 2001, but never followed through, village officials have said.

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