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Category Archives: Chicago driving

Overnight Lane, Ramp Closures For Harrison St. Bridge Project

Road Construction AheadDrivers on the Dan Ryan (I-90/94) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways will be facing late night lane and ramp closures starting Tuesday night for the work on the new Harrison Street Bridge.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation beams on the new bridge will be installed during overnight hours for the duration of the week ending early Monday morning (December 21st).

Lane and ramp closures will begin at 11:59 PM every night and end at 5 AM the next morning most nights.

Candidate Fills Potholes In Campaign For 2nd Ward Alderman

 Bita Buenrostro fills a pothole in a photograph on her campaign website. Photo credit: Bitanow.com

Bita Buenrostro fills a pothole in a photograph on her campaign website. Photo credit: Bitanow.com

Bita Buenrostro is a DYI sort of candidate.

So much so she’s offering to fix potholes on streets of potential voters in the 2nd Ward aldermanic election according to DNA Info.

Buenrostro posted a photo of herself on her campaign website filling a pothole with a note explaining she will fill potholes on request on the blocks of 2nd Ward residents.

The concept is alleging generating positive responses from residents of the ward according to her campaign.

Local Shop Sells Custom Made Dibs Christmas Tree Ornament

Replica Chicago's dibs Christmas tree ornament. Photo credit: DNA Info.

Replica Chicago’s dibs Christmas tree ornament. Photo credit: DNA Info.

In a tribute to Black Friday we bring you the perfect Christmas gift for the hardcore Chicago driver in your life–the dibs Christmas tree ornament.

This iconic folding chair ornament design will look great saving space on any Christmas tree and successfully keeping other ornaments from finding parking space on that particular branch.

And don’t even think about moving it out of the way and replacing it with another decoration!

The ornament is available for $12 from Replica Chicago located at 4425 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

H/T to DNA Info’s Chicago’s Ultimate Neighborhood Gift Guide.

Divvy Biker Critically Injured Riding On Lake Shore Drive

Divvy bike stationApparently, alcohol and riding a Divvy bike don’t mix.

According to DNA Info, a 24-year old man rode a Divvy bike onto North Lake Shore Drive early Saturday morning around 2:45 AM.

The biker was in the northbound lanes of LSD just south of the Belmont exit when he began swerving between two lanes. An Uber taxi carrying a passenger was first struck by the bicyclist, taking off a side view mirror and throwing the rider to the pavement. Two other vehicles also struck the cyclist.

The critically injured man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

Here’s the full story from DNA Info, “Divvy Rider Injured on Lake Shore Drive Collided with Uber Cab: Witness.”

H/T to Jeff.

Car Alarm Inspires Funny Note, Apology From Owner

Car alarm siren.

Car alarm siren.

No one enjoys the shrill, piercing sound of a car alarm–especially  when it wakes you in the  middle of the night.

DNA Info reports of a neighborhood car alarm dust up  in the Ukranian Village.

A car alarm goes off around 5 AM and continues to blare for nearly  90 minutes.

Ouch.

One resident left a nasty,  yet humorous note on the car to register their displeasure.

“Dear a——,” the note begins. “Your car alarm went off for 1½ hours last night. You cost the neighborhood REM sleep, growth hormone AND cortisol production (which is highest at 5 a.m. and essential for life!) You basically killed us. Thanks a lot.”

Sec. Of State Computers Crash At All Motor Vehicle Facilities

Driver's  licenseIt must have seemed liked the line that would never end–in fact it stretched across the entire state of Illinois.

That’s because the computer system used by all 138 Illinois Secretary of State motor vehicle facilities were down all day Wednesday.

Facility computers went down early Wednesday morning, essentially incapacitating all 138 locations and preventing drivers from getting or renewing driver’s licenses or vehicle license plates.

According to WBBM Radio 780 AM, some people waited for hours hoping the computers would finally come back online.

Study: Millenials Driving Less Than Previous Generations

Toy CarMillennials don’t like to drive.

That’s at least what a study by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group says.

The report, entitled Millennials in Motion says data shows miles driven each year by all Americans has been declining for the past decade. But the decrease is much more pronounced for 16-34 year olds where its dropped by 23% between 2001 and 2009.

PIRG says Millennials (people born between 1983 and 2000) are biking, walking and taking public transportation more often than older generations of commuters.

CBS 2 Catches Bikers, Drivers & Pedestrians Behaving Badly

Do some bicyclists think they own the road?

That’s the question CBS 2 News wanted to answer and spent eight hours over four days videotaping a downtown intersection to find out.

City Reopens Van Buren Bridge A Month Ahead Of Schedule

A historical photo of the Van Buren  Bridge from when it was first constructed in 1955. Photo credit: Chicago Public Works report from 1855.

A historical photo of the Van Buren Bridge from when it was first constructed in 1955. Photo credit: Chicago Public Works report from 1855.

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.”

Poll: Mayor Emanuel More Disliked Than Eisenhower Traffic

EmanuelPollingA 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.”