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Feeling the Impact of Parking and Traffic Woes in the Village? You’re Not Alone

Post Date:09/16/2017

School’s back in session, and anyone who commutes to work knows what that means – increased traffic and tighter parking in the Village. When school starts again in the fall, most people are back from sum­mer vacations and back at work, making this one of the most difficult times of the year for commuters.

But this fall, a number of unique events have combined to create even more headache-inducing traffic woes in our area, including new school start times and ongoing Village and IDOT construction projects.

The good news? Historically, we have seen that traffic and parking eases somewhat as fall goes on, when commuters adjust and settle into new patterns.

The bad news? The Village’s Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project will continue to have an impact on parking in the North Commuter Lot through March of next year, as additional spaces are being used to house construction equipment and sewer pipe is installed under the railroad tracks beginning in early 2018.

This work requires a large excavation pit and a crane that will push the pipe under the tracks from the North Commuter Lot. Due to the proximity and impact of construction in the North Commuter Lot, a portion of this lot was required by the contractor as a staging area. Additional closures in this lot began in September, and the closures will remain in place until the completion of work on the north side of the tracks in spring 2018.

To accommodate parkers in this lot, the Village has arranged for 100+ additional temporary parking spots on the south side of the tracks through Harris Bank and along various streets. Permits may be pur­chased at Village Hall.

The Village is working hard to complete these critical infrastructure improvements with the least disruption we can achieve given the project's complexities. However, we do understand the inconve­nience that these closures can cause to our residents and commut­ers. We greatly appreciate your understanding during this time.

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