Chicago Puts Roads On A Diet
Jon Hilketvich reports that the extra lanes, which transportation engineers thought would speed things up, "...have produced, at best, only short-term improvements in traffic flow due to the ever-increasing number of vehicles."
One lane will be removed on each side of the street, and will be replaced with wider sidewalks and a bike lane on both sides. Trees, benches and better street lighting will also be added.
"It creates a picture of a place where people would want to shop and enjoy a good meal, instead of dart through as fast as possible, and a possible template for similar projects elsewhere in the city, officials said."