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Glen Ellyn commission delays Lenox Road, Linden Street sidewalk recommendations

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:43 p.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN — The Glen Ellyn Capital Improvements Commission met March 12 to continue discussions regarding installing sidewalk along the east side of Lenox Road and south side of Linden Street near Lake Ellyn Park.

At its last meeting Feb. 12, the commission decided some recommendations for the Lenox Road project but deferred most of its sidewalk recommendations until members could discuss the issue more at this month's meeting. However, the commission recommended that sidewalk not be installed on the east side of Lenox Road between Essex Road and Oak Street.

After about a two-hour discussion regarding sidewalk options, the commission ultimately asked staff members to modify their sidewalk drawings to place proposed sidewalks as close to the street curbs as possible, said Bob Minix, the village's professional engineer.

The proposed sidewalks would run along the east side of Lenox Road from Hawthorne Boulevard to Oak Street and the south side of Linden Street from Main Street to Lenox Road, Minix said.

The commission will meet again at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in room 301 at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St., to further discuss sidewalk recommendations after seeing the revised drawings. Requesting the revisions does not indicate the commission has made a commitment to installing sidewalks, Minix said.

Some of the commission's finalized recommendations for the Lenox Road project from its Feb. 12 meeting include widening Lenox Road from Hawthorne Boulevard to Linden Street and from Linden Street to Essex Road, except in areas where trees are close to the road, and retaining parallel parking along Lenox Road instead of installing diagonal parking.

The commission also decided to recommend to the Glen Ellyn Village Board that Lenox Road between Essex Road and Oak Street not be widened.

Although commission members discussed installing a speed table at the Linden Street intersection, they ultimately decided against that recommendation. Instead, they will suggest the area remain flat, either paved with asphalt or brick pavers as a decorative element.

The commission is expected to make all its recommendations for the Lenox Road project to the Village Board as early as May, when the new board is seated, Minix said.

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