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Stoplight Congestion

If you get frustrated and possibly get a bit of road rage when other drivers block Naperville’s congested intersections, you aren’t alone. At the February 18 council meeting, during new business, Councilman Steve Chirico suggested staff look into motorists not obeying traffic signals when in congested areas.

“Motorists get frustrated with the lack of mobility and decide they do not want to wait through another traffic signal cycle and go into an intersection without the ability to get all of the way through. The problem is that this behavior often prevents other vehicles from moving through the intersection resulting in additional back-up and congestion,” the city said in an internal memo.

The memo went on to say, “TED is aware of the congestion at the Route 59 and North Aurora Road, and has been working with IDOT and the contractor on trying different traffic signal timings and coordination to improve the flow, but it is very challenging. In the next six weeks it will get worse because new lane reductions will be implemented to accommodate the next phase of construction.”

The city said they plan to introduce a public information and enforcement campaign and will use changeable message boards to be used at the intersection to deal with issue of blocking the roadways.

If you are pulled over for blocking an intersection, police will issue a moving violation. The ticket will cost you $120.

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