Category Archives: Chicago driving
A full month ahead of schedule, the 57-year old Van Buren Bridge reopened to traffic Thursday after undergoing a major rehabilitation.
Built in 1956, the bridge spans the Chicago river and connects downtown to the West Loop neighborhood, was given a new roadway deck with repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
“The Van Buren Bridge is an important piece of our infrastructure, and this reconstruction project will ensure this historic bridge can continue to serve residents as they travel to and from work for generations to come,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday while visiting the bridge. “I thank Chicagoans for their patience during the construction and congratulate the CDOT construction crews for a job well done, and a job completed ahead of schedule.”
A new poll released by mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti seems to show that incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel is more disliked than the morning traffic headaches on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) according to Illinois News Online.
That’s saying something as morning commuters who take the Ike to work know what a major pain in the butt the traffic can be.
While the poll from Fioretti, the seems a bit tongue in cheek, to give the Rahm vs. Eisenhower traffic comparison some context it also seems the mayor’s unfavorable ratings are even higher than Fox News and the Green Bay Packers.
Here’s Illinois News Online’s full story, “Poll: Emanuel’s Unfavorables Rival Green Bay, Traffic.”
A driver trying to divine what type of truck (semi, junk, commercial or pickup) on what type of street (business or residential) in what part of the city or ward can go insane.
It was this truck parking issue that came to the attention of Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown.
A contractor who parked his truck on a residential street while trying to work on a customer’s home got hit with a $75 ticket recently.
As part of the ongoing Ohio Street Bridge project, the reversible express lanes will be closed all weekend and the westbound Ontario Street feeder ramp will be closed starting at 10 PM Friday, September 5th.
Drivers needing to go westbound will be detoured eastbound to the Taylor Street exit and then directed to re-enter the expressway there going westbound.
The express lanes will re-open by 7 AM Sunday morning, while the Ontario feeder ramp will be back open by 9 AM Sunday.
IDOT warns drivers to expect delays.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced an overnight closure of the westbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) for Wednesday, September 3rd.
As part of the ongoing Ohio Street bridge project, starting at 9 PM Wednesday and extending until 5 AM Thursday morning, traffic lanes will be reduced from Jackson Blvd. to Ogden Ave.
In addition, the ramps for Jackson, Adams St. an Randolph St. will be closed on the westbound Kennedy. Also the westbound ramp from Congress Parkway onto westbound I-90/94 and the Ontario St. ramp to the eastbound Kennedy will be closed.
Back at the end up May, the Illinois General Assembly finished passing Senate Bill 2015.
The vote on a bill to increase the speed limit on Illinois Tollways to 70 mph wasn’t even close–in fact the votes were veto proof.
In the Illinois Senate the vote was 48-6. In the House of Representatives it was even more of a blowout with 111 members for and four votes against.
But despite the overwhelming support, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the bill this past Tuesday.
“Recent evidence shows that drivers already travel at excessive speeds on Illinois toll highways,” said Quinn in a letter explaining his veto. “The THA (Toll Highway Authority) conducted a study of drivers on I-94 in Lake County in 2013 and found that 71% of drivers sampled exceeded the posted speed limit by more than 15 miles per hour. A second, more thorough study conducted by the THA measured speeds on seven different toll highway segments and found that between 91 and 98% of drivers exceeded posted speed limits by rates ranging from 11 to 15 mph during off peak hours.”
But even the most crazy sign or signs you may have seen have nothing on one signpost in Culver City, CA.
• No parking 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday street cleaning.
The protected bike lanes proposed for Milwaukee Avenue on the city’s Northwest Side are dead, according to a spokesperson for Alderman John Arena (45th).
DNA Info reports the announcement that the controversial idea to remove a lane of traffic in each direction and install protected bike lanes had lost support of Arena.
The alderman had originally supported this proposal by the Chicago Department of Transportation over two other concepts.
“It just wasn’t going to be practical,” Arena’s spokesperson Owen Brugh told DNA Info.
Is there a relationship between politics and potholes?
Jorvasky, an avid bike rider, took a long ride into several areas of the city to see if his theory that aldermanic allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel had less potholes on roads in their wards than aldermen who aren’t as cooperative with the powers that be.
Riding through mayoral critic Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward and into Ameya Pawar’s 47th and ending up in Joe Moore’s 49th, both loyalists to the Emanuel regime, he doesn’t seem to see a distinction to the state of streets in the city–they all suck writes Jorvasky.