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Planners hope project slows traffic along Parkside Avenue

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Construction work on Parkside next to Delaware Park is in sight, in the long-running fight over what to do about traffic and traffic speed.

Residents in the historic Parkside community often have stories about traffic in the vicinity of Parkside and Florence, of drivers who ignore the traffic signal or lose control and ram houses or just generally speed.

It's a strange intersection with a curve intended for the trolleys which once curved there between Parkside and Florence.

"We know there is a lot of traffic out there and traffic flow was important to the community," said Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak.

"This project will include some narrowing of the roadway which will actually allow for some more parking spaces out there but also offer a safer transportation pathway. When you reduce and narrow a roadway and straighten out a curve, you actually make it a little bit more easy for people to navigate that area."

While there will be actual construction and new pavement striping, Stepniak says there will also be changes to traffic signals on Main Street with residents and engineers hoping that will persuade drivers to stay on Main and never get on Parkside.