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City planning to overhaul intersection at Damen, Elston and Fullerton

Written by
Clayton Guse

The six-way intersection of Damen, Elston and Fullerton Avenues is, to put it lightly, a hell hole. It's situated between two sets of entrances and exits to the Kennedy Expressway, which regularly jams up traffic. Trucks heading to the Vienna Beef factory or the industrial corridor down Elston leave the area ridden with potholes. Let's not forget about the line of cars at the Popeyes that regularly pours out onto the street.

Luckily, the Chicago Department of Transportation is planning on revamping the intersection in an effort that should make passing through the area a more palatable experience. The current idea is to add a second leg to Elston that will circumnavigate the intersection by way of what is currently the Vienna Beef factory (which is in the process of moving to Bridgeport). Elston's current iteration will butt off at Fullterton. 

The plan would also widen Damen and add a set of protected bike lanes along the rerouted area of Elston. 

A community meeting will be hosted tonight by 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack at the Vienna Beef factory to discuss a "proposed retail project" at the site. 

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