Why Does Traffic On The Kennedy Expressway Get Backed Up?
That’s the question asked and answered by WBEZ 91.5 FM resident historian John R. Schmidt.
Isn’t it simply too many vehicles traveling on too few miles of roadway? According to Schmidt, it has to do with how the expressway was originally constructed back in the 1950′s.
Schmidt says back then, all the city’s expressways were designed with the idea of allowing traffic to flow in and out of the city. Traffic engineers didn’t take into consideration the idea of local drivers using the expressways for local, crosstown driving–thus underestimating traffic volumes.
Although Schmidt, admittedly is not a traffic engineer, he shares a few ideas on how he thinks some of the traffic could be moderated.
Here’s Schmidt’s full piece, “Why the Kennedy backs up at the Edens junction.”