“Reconstruction” Of “Six-corner” Intersection At Damen, Elston And Fullerton

In Chicago, there are intersections that are considered “most dangerous,” as well as those that are considered “most dangerous to pedestrians.”  One intersection that has been the source of congestion, confusion, and various accidents is the “six-way” intersection at Damen, Elston and Fullerton Avenues.

The Chicago Tribune article of May 27, 2015 titled “Realignment of perilous Damon-Elston-Fullerton intersection set to start Thursday” discusses various aspects of this intersection, as well as plans to “realign” (or re-construct) the intersection to make it more efficient and safer.

An excerpt from the article:

The Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection handles more than 70,000 vehicles daily and has ranked among the 10 worst city intersections for crashes since 1999, according to CDOT. In the current configuration, the short distance between traffic signals creates driver confusion and the skewed intersection with tight turning radiuses makes it difficult to execute safe turns, traffic engineers said.

The construction project will last into late-2016 and is projected to cost $60 million.

The CBS Chicago article (with video) of May 27, titled “Dangerous Bucktown Intersection Getting Major Realignment” also discusses the construction plans, and features maps of the current and proposed intersection.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago articles mentioned above.


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