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Glen Ellyn commission recommends Lenox Road, Linden Street sidewalks

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:17 p.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – During its meeting April 9, the Glen Ellyn Capital Improvements Commission recommended that sidewalk be installed on portions of Lenox Road and Linden Street near Lake Ellyn Park, after delaying recommendations at its previous two meetings.

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. The commission recommended that both sidewalks be installed as close to the street curb as possible, said Bob Minix, the village's professional engineer.

After the commission discussed the Lenox Road project at its Feb. 12 and March 12 meetings, members ultimately decided to defer most of the sidewalk recommendations at both meetings to allow for additional discussion and revised drawings.

On Feb. 12, the commission decided some recommendations for the Lenox Road project but only recommended that sidewalk not be installed on the east side of Lenox Road between Essex Road and Oak Street, delaying other recommendations until the proposed sidewalks could be discussed further in March.

After a roughly two-hour discussion regarding sidewalk options March 12, the commission asked staff members to modify their sidewalk drawings to place proposed sidewalks as close to the street curbs as possible, Minix said.

Besides its latest sidewalk recommendations, some of the commission's other recommendations for the Lenox Road project 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, Minix said.

The commission is expected to share its recommendations for the Lenox Road project with the Village Board sometime this summer, Minix said. If approved by the board, construction on the project could begin as early as July 2014, he said.

Some aspects of the design may be modified as the village moves forward, based on input from board members and the Glen Ellyn Park District, Minix said. But for the most part, the commission's involvement with the Lenox Road project is now complete with this sidewalk recommendation.

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