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City to ease traffic flow at intersection of Damen, Fullerton and Elston

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The intersection of Damen, Fullerton and Elston on the North Side, steps away from the I-90 Fullerton exit, is a well-known traffic headache. The city plans to reconfigure the accident-plagued six-way stop.

Mayor Emanuel will unveil a plan to ease congestion at the often congested intersection at City Hall on Wednesday. We're all guilty of trying to avoid the busy six-corner stop, but soon we might not have to.

Elston Avenue is a great alternative to the Kennedy – at least for the sections of the road far from this intersection. It's a real headache for motor visits, cyclists, pedestrians and truck drivers. The city's plan will improve traffic flow and safety for all modes of transportation.

Emanuel intends to acquire nine parcels of land to re-route Elston. Instead of being a diagonal street that parallels the interstate, the avenue would take a big turn north of Fullerton. Elston also would turn at Damen and go directly south in the other direction. The new Elston appears cut right through two existing buildings, through the youth-frequented Whirly Ball location, in front of the Vienna Beef factory.

Cyclists who use Elston said they would see some improvement. Fortunately, the plan includes an improved bike lane and some facilities along the way.

Construction is scheduled to begin next year. The project is expected to create 100 construction jobs and spur economic development in the corridor.

The intersection ranks among the highest in the city for crashes.

More than 70,000 vehicles pass through on a daily basis, with up to seven-minute wait times to make a left turn. Then when people unfamiliar with the traffic flow try to make that left turn, they don't always know whether they should turn or not.

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