Mention Chicago Avenue, and you can't blame an Evanstonian for picturing brakelights and orange traffic cones.
A streetscaping project has clogged the street from South Boulevard to Main Street since April, and is expected to continue through June 15. On top of that, both lanes were blocked off between Church and Clark Streets yesterday for installation of a chiller system on top of a new apartment building.
So when residents had the chance to talk to the developer of the new Trader Joe's store planned for 1211 Chicago Ave. last Thursday, many wanted to know about traffic issues. In particular, they worried that the story would create congestion on Chicago Avenue as drivers entered and exited the parking lot.
Third ward Alderman Melissa Wynne told residents that the city will be studying any problems once the store opens in spring 2013.
“Remember, this site has been active until just recently,” she said. Wynne also noted that the city installed new, sequenced lighting on Chicago Avenue within the past three years, which adjusts to the flow of traffic.
“It actually does flow better than it used to,” she said.
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