An ever-vigilant gaggle of Oak Park residents showed up to dump on the Illinois Transportation Department's plans for improving the Eisenhower Expressway where it passes through the western suburb.
The sensible improvements, according to the Chicago Tribune, include:
...potential widening of the highway, toll car pool lanes, extension of the CTA Blue Line and shifting the left-lane Austin Boulevard and Harlem Avenue ramps to the right side of the expressway.
Turns out that such plans have offended the sensibilities of environmentally and political correct Oak Parkers. Said trustee Colette Lucek:
We’re much more interested in having an urban transit-based community than transportation scenarios that improve the highway for people who live in Naperville.”
Just too precious.
This from a town that once considered covering over the Ike there with parks and whatnot.
So, Oak Parkers want to discourage motorists and promote public transportation? I've got the perfect solution:
Close all the Eisenhower ramps into and out of Oak Park.
That surely would put more Oak Parkers on mass transit. And those awful motorists from Naperville would be only too glad not to have to deal with the substantial amount to traffic from Oak Park that jams those hazardous on-off ramps. Keep in mind, that was the design that Oak Park wanted decades ago to minimize the size of the expressway "trench" that they now have so much against.