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posted: 12/8/2013 4:40 AM

Glen Ellyn choking on its traffic

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Glen Ellyn choking on its traffic

As a relatively new driver in the Glen Ellyn area, I find traffic here more erratic and disorganized as one approaches downtown than almost anywhere else I've driven.

The abundance of one-way streets, roadside parking spots, and train crossings seems to cripple effective traffic flow and I rarely shop or eat downtown because of the fuss. I would suggest starting to set aside some land and resources for a small, dedicated downtown parking garage or lot to alleviate parking congestion in the future and ensure the charming commercial district stays charming.

I would hope land saved from concentrating parking could be used to zone new businesses, homes and parks while increasing traffic flow and attracting shoppers from a wider area.

I am not suggesting a large, urban project like ones undertaken by Wheaton and Naperville, but one to simply lessen the pressure of an unusually high amount of cars and even cater to growing infrastructure, such as electric fueling and compact spaces. Letting downtown choke for decades is simply not sustainable.

Erik Barillari

Glen Ellyn

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