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Opinion

Traffic in DeKalb is getting out of hand

SHERRE PERKINS

Editor: I would like to address the city planners about DeKalb having grown much too big for its britches. Very slow, very long and, many times, stopped trains hold up traffic for long periods of time in the middle of town. There are so many people now living in DeKalb that traffic that is stopped at Sixth, Seventh and 10th streets heading north waiting for a slow-moving or stopped train is backed out to Lincoln Highway and all the way around the corners. The traffic that is heading south on Seventh Street is backed up almost to the four-way stoplight at Pleasant Street. Also, the traffic at the First Street crossing heading north is backed up to Prospect Street and beyond. There also is so much traffic trying to take the underpass on Pearl Street that there is a jam-up all the way back to First Street at the corner of Gurler Street, and from First Street at Lincoln Highway to the stoplight at Pearl Street. If anyone is trying to get to Walgreens when this happens, they are just out of luck. And if someone is trying to get to the McDonald's on East Lincoln Highway when this happens, they are also out of luck. Therefore, I believe it is time for our city to build another overpass across the railroad tracks, and I think it should be built at the 10th Street crossing, if at all possible. I think that much of the congestion along DeKalb streets such as 10th Street and Maplewood Avenue could be alleviated if the home and apartment owners would make places off the alleyways behind their buildings for people to park. And I also would like to see homeowners start using their garages for what they were made for - parking their cars, and not just for junk and furniture storage. Many people complained over the past winter how bad our road crews were at cleaning the snow off our side streets. Well, now I can see why. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why the streets were not always plowed - too much traffic, too many cars and too many people parking on side streets instead of in their driveways and garages where cars belong. SHERRE PERKINS DeKalb

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