//

Category Archives: Chicago driving

Second City has recently released a humorous video about Chicago’s historic pothole epidemic that pokes fun at the city’s inability to effectively deal with bone shaking condition of Chicago’s streets.

Dressed as employees of Pep Boys auto parts and repair, Second City actors thank the mayor for the city’s failure to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of potholes that have erupted after this year’s brutal winter.

“Potholes are nature’s job creators,” one actor intones.

But perhaps the video’s last line is its funniest.

“When it comes to holes,” says an actor. “You’re an ‘A’”

Environmentally Friendly Automotive Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

It’s Earth Day.

Many people in the U.S. and around the world celebrate this annual event to improve awareness of environmental issues.

Being environmentally responsible can  be a challenge for car owners.

Remember, many of the vital components and fluids used in automobiles are not very environmentally friendly.

Here’s a list of tips for car owners and how to be a vehicle owner and still celebrate a guilt-free Earth Day.

Video: How To Move A Bridge 1 MPH Hour At A Time

It seems moving day was a success according to DNA Info.

That 100 ton bridge that used to span Ashland Avenue was moved early Saturday morning to Western Avenue (at Bloomingdale) as part of the Bloomgindale Trail project, where it replaced another span that was removed several weeks ago.

Major Northside Streets Temporarily Closed To Move Bridge Saturday Morning

Workers remove the bridge over Ashland Avenue Saturday morning. Photo credit: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Workers remove the bridge over Ashland Avenue several weekends ago. Photo credit: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Starting at 4 AM Saturday morning, a large metal bridge which previously spanned Ashland Avenue will be relocated to Western Avenue.

Temporary parking restrictions will be put in place along the bridge procession which will run from Ashland south to North Avenue, then proceeding west to Western where the bridge will hang a right to go northbound a few blocks to its final resting place–Bloomingdale Avenue.

Western Avenue will then be temporarily closed about a block in each direction at Bloomingdale starting at 6 AM until crews can safely secure the bridge. The Chicago Department of Transportation did not give an estimate of when Western would be re-opened.

Local Entrepreneur Turns Potholes Into Profit

"Wabash Hash" is just one of several varieties of pot themed baggies of city asphalt being sold by The Pothole Store. Photo credit: The Pothole Store.

“Wabash Hash” is just one of several varieties of pot themed baggies of city asphalt being sold by The Pothole Store. Photo credit: The Pothole Store.

Dave Stern is turning lemons into lemonade, or perhaps more accurately, potholes into profits.

According to DNA Info, the historic outbreak of potholes has inspired this Old Irving Park man to start an online boutique called The Pothole Store to sell all manner of pothole related products including earrings and necklaces made from pieces of asphalt, pothole snow globes, pothole scented air fresheners and baggies of asphalt from different parts of the city with marijuana themed names like Evanstoned, Skokie Tokie and Wabash Hash. You can even buy something called potholepourri which is a small pile of asphalt with roadway related scents.

The Pothole Store even has a pothole registry. Much like those star registries where people can pay to name a star after a loved one, the International Pothole Registry allows you to name a pothole after a loved one or maybe just someone you’re just fond of, for $6.99. Each named pothole comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Of course the entire concept is all firmly tongue in cheek according to Stern.

Neighborhood Group Votes Against Ashland BRT By Narrow Margin

A sign in the median on Ashland Avenue pushes the anti-BRT messsage near Cortland.

A sign in the median on Ashland Avenue pushes the anti-BRT messsage near Cortland.

While the CTA and the Chicago Department of Transportation have been nearly silent in regards to the Ashland Bus Rapid Transit project, groups representing neighborhoods near Ashland Avenue have been making some noise, a bit of news on the proposal.

According to DNA Info at recent meeting the East Village Association narrowly voted 11-9 against the BRT plan.

The project calls for center running express buses along Ashland Avenue between 95th Street and Irving Park Road, with an initial phase running from 31st to Cortland.

Mayor Promises Millions More To Repave Pothole Pocked Streets

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

The politics of potholes seems to be pushing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to commit more and more millions of dollars for the repaving of streets with intensive pothole problems.

Working hard not to become the pothole version of former Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic, this past week Emanuel pledged another $15 million towards repaving another 13 miles of pothole ravaged roadways according to DNA Info.

This announcement comes after last months commitment to spend $22 million on 15 miles of streets on top of the 364 miles of roadways Emanuel already promised to resurface earlier in the year.

Chicago streets are suffering through perhaps the worst outbreak of potholes in modern times due to one of the worst winters in memory.

Cubs, Neighbors At Odds Over Remote Parking Lot

Cubs fans can use the remote parking lot at Basic Wire & Cable at Irving Park & Rockwell then take a free shuttle bus to the game.

Cubs fans can use the remote parking lot at Basic Wire & Cable at Irving Park & Rockwell then take a free shuttle bus to the game.

The city told the Chicago Cubs in exchange for the ability to host more night games, they needed to setup a free remote parking that could handle at least 1000 vehicles.

And the Cubs did.

The Cubs organization made an agreement with Basic Wire & Cable, located at Irving Park and Rockwell west of Wrigley Field, to lease the company’s 1000+ spot parking lot to allow Cubs fans to park and take a free shuttle bus to the game.

But someone in the Cubs organization forgot to alert the neighborhood and area residents loudly expressed their displeasure at a community meeting late last week according to DNA Info.

IDOT Secretary Schneider “‘On The Move’ Recaps Winter Driving

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider recaps one of the most driving challenged winters in Illinois history and thanks motorists for their patience with IDOT’s snow removal crews.

Ashland Avenue Reopened Ahead Of Schedule Saturday

Ashland Avenue sans bridge Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: The606.

Ashland Avenue sans bridge Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: The606.

Traffic on Ashland Avenue on the city’s North Side reopened much earlier than expected Saturday afternoon around 3 PM after a bridge was removed.

The Chicago Department of Transportation estimated it would take 48 hours to remove a bridge spanning Ashland Avenue between North Avenue (1600 N.) and Armitage Avenue (2000 N.) but was telling drivers and CTA bus riders the project would be finished no later than early Monday morning.

But less than 24 hours from when Ashland was closed at 8 PM Friday night, crews had removed the bridge and one of the city’s most heavily traveled thoroughfare was open to traffic according to the 606 Facebook page.