Santa Claus greeted Sylvan Avenue commuters this morning

Santa wants you to feel good about the Sylvan restriping.
Santa wants you to cheer up about the Sylvan restriping.

Did you wave to Santa Claus on your commute down Sylvan this morning?

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The man behind the white beard was Kessler Park resident Michael Dilger. If you know Dilger, then you know the guy is a character.

courtesy of Jon Daniel
courtesy of Jon Daniel

Lately, he’s been involved in some heated debates online regarding the restriping of Sylvan Avenue earlier this week. The city reduced Sylvan from six lanes to four, leaving the right-hand lanes for parking and deliveries. Because most cars travel too fast on Sylvan, and there frequently are accidents, the change was made as a traffic-calming measure. However, some neighbors were upset about the change for fear it would add precious minutes to their commutes.

The Santa stunt was Dilger’s “attempt to cheer up the commuters who are complaining about the recent lane changes,” he says.

Earlier this week, he made a couple of videos during the morning commute showing traffic moving easily toward Interstate 30.

So did you wave to Santa this morning? How is your commute on Sylvan?

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  • Exactly. The Saftey of a neighborhoods residents should never be compromised for someone driving through it.

  • Exactly – while it might be okay right now, the whole stretch from Kessler Parkway to Ft Worth Avenue is a joke. I can’t even get across Kessler Parkway at 7:50 am many mornings to be able to take my kids to school because north bound Sylvan traffic has blocked the intersection. It’s a horn honking, finger flying mess! There are 4 traffic lights in about a 300 yard stretch on Sylvan – and none of them are synchronized or timed properly to flow traffic. And god forbid one of the lights is blinking red. The city should have installed a “DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION” sign at Kessler Parkway and Sylvan at the same time they did the re-striping. The whole traffic zone needs a more thorough makeover than just a re-strip – that’s just lipstick on a pig……..

  • If the restriping of Tyler works at calming traffic north of Davis, why wouldn’t it work south of Davis?

  • I don’t take Sylvan, so I don’t have a dog in this fight. However, if I lived on that street I would certainly not want to sacrifice my safety and wellbeing so that others can get to and from work faster. There are other routes to I-30.

  • I like Mike! However, right now is not a good litmus test to see how this will affect traffic. When the school year kicks back into gear, then we shall see how the traffic really is. But safety is always a major concern. I wish that something would happen on 12th that would reduce the speeding. The radar signs that were added really haven’t changed the speed. How long did the Kessler area petition for this change?

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