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IDOT Addresses Increased Lake Shore Drive Traffic Issues That Affect Local Edgewater Streets

With the number of vehicles that utilize Lake Shore Drive to rise significantly over the upcoming decade, its northern end at Hollywood Ave. is expected to see increased traffic issues making nearby Edgewater streets more dangerous. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will address these issues in two upcoming meeting that are open to the public.

The purpose of the Northern Terminus Traffic Study (NTTS) is to address the transportation issues along Sheridan Road, Broadway, Ridge Avenue, Bryn Mawr Avenue, and Hollywood Avenue approaching the northern terminus of North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) at Hollywood Avenue. According to CDOT, the primary goal of the NTTS is to achieve a better balance between the reality of daily travel demand generated at the northern terminus of North Lake Shore Drive with local access and needs.

The study area includes almost all of Edgewater. It will look at 1.5 square miles that are generally bound by Foster on the south, Ashland/Clark on the west, and Devon/Sheridan on the north. The meetings will allow CDOT engineers and area residents to address the challenges that the Edgewater area faces and discuss possible solutions to the growing problem.

The original NTTS Community Meeting in 2017 allowed community members to provide input to CDOT about the issues that are affecting the neighborhood. That information along with technical analysis allowed the project team to establish goals and objectives for the Study.

At the two meetings next week, attendees will be able to get a clear picture on the team’s final alternatives that could be utilized to help ease issues. With additional community input, those proposed plans will receive further analysis.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Broadway Armory (5917 N. Broadway) and the second meeting on Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Greek Church (5649 N. Sheridan).

Both meetings will feature the same presentations and workshops. However, the meeting on Nov. 2 will also include an optional walkshop that will tour specific locations at 9 a.m. prior to the meeting. You must register for the walkshop and space is limited


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