Construction begins at Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection today

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CHICAGO -- Work begins today on a project that Chicago officials have debated for two decades: how to realign the congested, confusing and high-accident six-corner intersection where Damen, Elston and Fullerton avenues meet.

The roughly $60 million project will reroute Elston to the north of the current intersection — improving traffic flow and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Starting today, Damen and Elston will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Phase one includes demolishing part of a Midtown Athletic Club building and taking over part of the Vienna Beef facility. This will create room for a new bypass that will be used to create three separate intersections.  Vienna Beef is moving its factory to Bridgeport.

More than 70,000 vehicles pass through the intersection every day. At peak hours, the average travel time to get through the intersection is seven minutes.

The Chicago Department of Transportation says the project is expected to be complete by November 2016.

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1 Comment

  • Enjoy That

    Enjoy them upcoming months of Extreme Traffic.
    That intersection has been backed up with traffic since 1985.
    It only took them 30 years to make up their mind.
    Some will say, now it will be better. Uhh we will have to wait and see
    60 million dollars later.

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