Category Archives: Chicago driving
Emily Mensching’s car hit a pothole on Peterson Avenue last May blowing out two tires and cracking two rims.
She filed a pothole damage claim with the city expecting to get some sort of compensation for the $1400 in damages her car suffered.
Surprisingly, despite several other pothole complaints at the same location Mensching’s claim was rejected according to NBC 5 News.
Most drivers try to avoid hitting potholes.
But not the Pothole Dummy, a specially modified vehicle that’s sole, bone jarring purpose is to hit and track as many potholes as possible.
The Pothole Dummy car is at the center of a promotion by Advanced Auto Parts to show car owners how damaging and expensive potholes can be on cars. The Pothole Dummy car has been in town all week driving over potholes and has, as of Thursday slammed into nearly 1000 of Chicago’s potholes–a number that’s tracked online and on the top of the car.
Advanced points to a study by AAA which reports potholes cost drivers nearly $3 billion every year in repairs.
Pothole Dummy leaves the Windy City after Friday.
You know the joke.
In Chicago, there’s two seasons…winter and construction season.
This year the construction season off to an early start this year according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The unusually warm winter has led to a decrease in Old Man Winter’s annual pothole production and also allowed CDOT crews to get a jump on paving streets in need of repair. Calls to 311 to report potholes is down 30% for the first three months of 2016 compared to 2015 according to CDOT.
First the Secretary of States stopped sending out renewal notices to Illinois drivers.
That’s because, due to the budget impasse in Springfield, the department couldn’t afford to pay the postage to mail out the reminders.
Unfortunately, this led many Chicago drivers to get ticketed for expired license stickers on their vehicles.
Now, the budget standoff between Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton has victimized drivers once again.
This temporary suspension of notices began in December, thus effecting vehicles with plate stickers that expire in March.
One new law (Public Act #99-0300) will allow the Secretary of State to issue a driver’s license to someone who’s license has been revoked in another state, but who’s been an Illinois resident for at least 10 consecutive years and follows the requirements for reinstatement of driving privilege under state law.
Speaking of the Secretary of State, that office will soon be issuing special license plates for rental cars that will replace renewal stickers for vehicle registration (Public Act #99-0080).
Who’s driving that car so slow–someone’s grandmother?
No, it’s one of Google’s self-driving cars that was driving too slow and got pulled over by the cops in Mountainview, CA recently.
It seems the driverless car was holding up traffic by going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone so the police pulled it over.
But luckily for Google, no ticket was issued because there was no driver to ticket.
First there was red light cameras.
Then there were speed cameras.
Now, if Alderman Brandon Reilly (42nd) has his way, there may be intersection cameras according to DNA Info.
During city council budget hearings focusing on the Department of Transportation, the downtown alderman discussed the problem of motorists who get stuck in the intersection after their traffic light turns red, thus blocking any cross traffic from moving through the intersection while the light is green. He specifically cited the intersection of Randolph and LaSalle just outside City Hall.
The ramp, which allows vehicles traveling westbound on Lower Wacker to transfer to Upper Wacker, is located at the eastern portion of Wacker Drive near Columbus Drive.
CDOT recommends drivers take alternate routes to avoid inevitable delays. A detour will divert traffic from Lower Wacker via southbound Columbus Drive to westbound East South Water Street which feeds into East Wacker Place, and then north on Wabash Avenue to ultimately connect with Upper Wacker Drive.
The ramp is scheduled to reopen the second week in October.
Ever wonder who’s the person named for the street you’re driving on?
That’s the concept local painter Brian Morgan challenged head on in his latest art show Power, Politics and Pavement- The Men Behind the Street at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.
“Gallery Director Chris Jackson approached me with an idea to highlight Chicago’s history in portraits,” says Morgan in a press release on the gallery’s website. “I accepted the challenge by choosing to uncover and reveal some of the more well-traveled and popular streets whose namesakes may or may not be remembered. While working on this project, my wife, Marianne Mather Morgan, was also working on her own bit of Chicago history. As a photo editor at the Chicago Tribune, she uncovers and researches historical Chicago photographs. A collaboration was born.”
As the summer wanes, and the cool weather approaches, Chicago’s boats start leaving Lake Michigan for the winter this Saturday.
Saturday morning, the City of Chicago kicks off its annual fall bridge lift to allow boaters to transport their masted watercraft down the Chicago River and into dry dock storage yards.
Chicago Department of Transportation crews will lift the 27 bridges along the South Branch of the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to Ashland in sequence starting at 9 AM.
“As summer comes to a close, CDOT is preparing to facilitate the annual rite of passage that allows sailors to move their boats from the Lake to their winter storage yards,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways. “CDOT has worked with local boat storage yards to create a schedule that accommodates boats while minimizing the impact on downtown street traffic.”