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Category Archives: Chicago driving

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.”

Columnist Tries To Decipher Confusing Truck Parking Rules

UPS TruckChicago’s rules controlling truck parking is perhaps one of the most frustrating and confusing arcane sections of Chicago’s municipal code.

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.

Ohio Streeet Bridge Project Will Close Lanes, Ramps This Weekend

Road Construction AheadThe Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers using the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to be aware of several lane and ramp closures this weekend.

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.

IDOT Announces Overnight Lane Closures Wednesday On I-90/94

A sign warns of last weekend's closures for the Ohio Street Bridge removal.

A sign warns of the removal of the Ohio Street bridge earlier this summer.

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.

Gov. Quinn Vetos Raise In Tollway Speed Limits

70 MPH signBack 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.”

The World’s Most Ridiculous Street Parking Sign

The world's most ridiculous sign used to be in Culver City, CA. Photo credit: Rob Stemm/Instagram.

The world’s most ridiculous sign used to be in Culver City, CA. Photo credit: Rob Stemm/Instagram.

Think parking signs in Chicago can be confusing?

But even the most crazy sign or signs you may have seen have nothing on one signpost in Culver City, CA.

Eight different signs restricting parking outside a school, reside on a single sign pole reaching 15 feet high according to Curbed LA.

Yahoo News lists
all the restricts from top to bottom.

• No parking 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday street cleaning.

Alderman: Milwaukee Avenue Protected Bike Lane Proposal Dead

A photo mockup of what the proposed protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue would have looked like. Photo credit: CDOT

A photo mockup of what the proposed protected bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue would have looked like. Photo credit: CDOT

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.

Unauthorized Street Signs Pop-Up On Milwaukee Avenue

Pranksters erect fake, unauthorized street sign in Wicker Park. Photo credit: Reddit/Imgur

Pranksters erect fake, unauthorized street sign in Wicker Park. Photo credit: Reddit/Imgur

Some practical jokers seem to be having a laugh while poking phone of driving culture in the Wicker Park neighborhood according to RedEye.

Tuesday last week, workers for the Department of Streets and Sanitation pulled down three unauthorized signs along Milwaukee Avenue.

According to one account, the signs must have been erected in the early hours of Tuesday, August 12th by two young men on a ladder wearing T-shirts with the words “Reconstruction” on the back. The original photo was posted on Reddit.

A Bike Riding Writer Explores The Politics Of Potholes

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

Is there a relationship between politics and potholes?

Chicago Reader columnist Ben Jorvasky wanted to find out.

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.

State Street Bridge Closed 10 Days For Riverwalk Construction

Graphic courtesy of CDOT.

Graphic courtesy of CDOT.

Starting Wednesday, the State Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for 10 days to allow for construction work according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The bridge will be placed in the up position to allow for work connected to the Riverwalk construction project until August 23rd.

A pedestrian path is being constructed on the south bank of the of the Chicago River from State Street to Lake Street to link to the current Riverwalk which extends all the way to Lake Shore Drive.

All bus, bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic is being detoured during the week and a half of work.