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Glen Ellyn Receives Downtown Traffic Study Report

Glen Ellyn, IL – The report of an 18-month long downtown traffic study was presented to the Village Board on Monday, April 9, 2012. The study, conducted by KLOA and Walker Consultants, had previously been assessed by Village Management and the downtown business community at a public open house held last month. The concept of the study began in 2009 when the Village adopted the Downtown Strategic Plan (DSP).

The DSP identified several objectives, strategies and measures to achieve the goal of an attractive and economically viable downtown. Improved traffic circulation and the conversion of one-way streets to two-way travel were both objectives noted in the DSP that could increase vibrancy, ease navigation, promote pedestrian traffic and safety, and create parking in the downtown.

The final results of the traffic study presented on Monday evening sighted both benefits and drawbacks to two-way street conversion at this time. “There is no silver bullet,” stated KLOA Principle Mike Werthmann. “Either configuration (one-way or two-way streets) works well now and will work well for the Village through 2030.” Based on these results, the Village Board endorsed three action items from the study:

• Adding 13 diagonal parking spaces to the 500 block of Duane Street
• Eliminating customer confusion over use of the Main/Pennsylvania lot
• Looking for ways to add parking spaces to the commercial block of Main, Crescent, Forest and Pennsylvania
The presentation also generated ideas of changing only Main Street to two-way traffic, changing portions of parallel parking on Main Street to diagonal parking while keeping the street one-way and adding a stop sign on Prospect at Pennsylvania. In the end, Village Manager Mark Franz summarized: “This was a great discussion. As the Village has grant-funded studies currently taking place regarding downtown wayfinding and ideal parking locations, it seems sensible to wait for the results of those studies before taking action on changing traffic patterns.” Village Trustee Robert Friedberg also remarked, “The location of a potential parking garage could change the results of the study.”

The report can be found online at www.glenellyn.org. The Village welcomes input from citizens and business owners regarding these possible one-way to two-way traffic conversions.

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