Some members of the Naperville city council are experiencing the consequences of their decisions to increase the density and congestion in downtown Naperville, and they are not very happy about it.
Watch and listen as councilmen David Wentz and Grant Wehrli express their frustration dealing with delivery trucks in the downtown area:
Their impatience centers around delivery trucks either stopping on the streets or the alleys to deliver merchandise, which doesn’t leave many options for delivery truck drivers to do their job.
With a little better planning and forethought on the council’s part, much of this congestion could have been avoided, but as is usually the case, most council members did not consider unintended consequences, until they were sitting in their cars trying to get from point A to point B.
Imagine for a moment, what it will be like when the Water Street Project begins and is completed. At that time, today’s congestion problems will seem like utopia, when compared to trying to navigate through downtown Naperville. Trying to turn or deliver something in the Water Street area might look something like this:
What is a delivery driver to do if the Naperville city council squeezes them on the streets and in the alleys? The council made it clear that they are leery about the use of drones, so utilizing drone technology for beer deliveries is unlikely.
That leaves just one option left; drive-by deliveries. That’s right, just slow down enough to launch boxes through the air to their destination. It may take two or three drive-bys to complete the delivery, but at least traffic will flow at 2 to 3 mph. The only problem with drive-by deliveries will be the Anti-Cruising ordinance, which would hinder drive-by deliveries, to the point that delivery truck drivers could receive a ticket. Not only will the truck be stopped on the street, but a NPD squad car will be stopped behind the truck in order to issue the ticket.
Drive-by deliveries and rushing deliveries in downtown Naperville might ultimately look something like this: