Category Archives: Chicago traffic

Laquan McDonald Protesters Produce Traffic Chaos Tuesday Night


It started around 5 PM or so in the South Loop.

Just after the city released the dash cam video of Laquan McDonald being shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, a small group of protesters began a march down Roosevelt eastbound from UIC.

According to media reports, using social media, the crowd grew to several hundred, emboldening protesters to step into the middle of Roosevelt at several intersections to block traffic. Roosevelt at State, Wabash and Michigan. Then an attempt to move down Michigan Avenue was thwarted by a line of policemen.

4 Day Closure Of LaSalle St. Bridge Starts Friday Night

CDOT logoThe Chicago Department of Transportation announced today a four-day closure of the LaSalle Street Bridge starting Friday, November 13th beginning at 7 PM.

Work on the new Riverwalk reqiuires new concrete piers to be installed on the project’s underbridge connection.

CDOT says the bridge will be up, and closed to all traffic until Tuesday, November 17th at 11 PM.

Storms Postpone Overnight Closures On Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive sign cropHeavy rainfall has postponed two nights of planned overnight closures on southbound Lake Shore Drive for resurfacing of the S-curve according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

This Wednesday and Thursday night, CDOT crews had planned to close the southbound lanes from Randolph to Oak Street to complete the resurfacing of the drive’s famous S-curve.

CDOT says the closures have now been moved to Sunday (11/15) and Monday (11/16) night from 8:30 PM to 5:30 AM.

Construction crews were successful in completing the resurfacing of northbound lanes on Monday and Tuesday night. But workers may have to close the northbound lanes of this segment Thursday and Friday night to re-stripe the newly paved roadway.

These closures were part of a project to repave north Lake Shore Drive. CDOT says crews have already completed the northbound lanes from Grand to North Avenue.

Full Overnight Lane Closures This Week On LSD

Road Construction AheadLake Shore Drive will experience four consecutive nights of full lane closures this week to complete resurfacing of the Oak Street S-Curve between Randolph and Michigan Avenues.

The Chicago Department of Transportation says the LSD resurfacing project has not required full closures up to now. But due to the nature of the S-curve, a full closure is required for safety reasons.

Monday and Tuesday, November 9th and 10th, northbound lanes will be closed from 8:15 PM to 5:45 AM.

Traffic will be detoured off Lake Shore Drive at Randolph, westbound to Michigan Ave., and then northbound onto Lake Shore Drive via the entrance ramp at Oak Street.

Lake Street Bridge Closed For Maintenance This Weekend

Detour signHeads up to downtown drivers–the Lake Street Bridge will be closed for maintenance this weekend.

The Chicago Department of Transportation announced that the Lake Street Bridge over the Chicago River, from Wacker Drive to Canal Street, will undergo repairs and will be closed to traffic from 2 AM Saturday, October 24th, until 4 AM. Monday, October 26th.

Drivers are encouraged to follow detour signs to get around the bridge closure.

Westbound traffic will be detoured via Wacker to Randolph, west to Canal and north back to Lake Street.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Clinton to Washington, east to Wacker and north to Lake.

Lake Shore Drive Overnight Resurfacing Project Starts Monday

Lake Shore Drive sign cropLake Shore Drive is going to get a face lift starting Monday night.

The Chicago Department of Transportation says crews will begin resurfacing the northbound lanes North Lake Shore Drive between Grand and North Avenue starting Monday, October 19th.

The project will take four weeks to complete with all the work occurring during weekday overnight hours on Monday through Thursday nights.

Final Weekend Of Lane Closures For Jane Byrne Interchange Start Friday Evening

Jane Byrne InterchangeWeekend drivers rejoice!

The end is nigh for the weekend lane closures for the roadways surrounding the heavily congested Jane Byrne Interchange.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that the fourth and final weekend of lane closures to improve one of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways will begin Friday evening, Oct. 16.

The closures are needed for the installation of steel beams that will support the deck of the new flyover bridge linking the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (westbound Interstate 90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (westbound Interstate 290).

According to IDOT the new flyover will replace an existing single-lane, winding ramp with a two-lane ramp and bridge that begins just south of Roosevelt Road and arches over Harrison Street, the rest of the Jane Byrne Interchange and Halsted Street before connecting to the outbound Eisenhower near Morgan Street.

But the flyover is just one aspect of what is a larger rehab of the interchange that began in 2014 but will take five years to complete.

Weather permitting here are the expressways that will be affected:

Ramp From Lower Wacker To LSD Closure Starts Monday

Detour signThe Chicago Department of Transportation is warned drivers Friday of the impending temporary closure of the ramp from eastbound Lower Wacker Drive to southbound Lake Shore Drive starting early Monday, October 12th, before the morning rush hour.

The ramp linking Lower Wacker to Lake Shore Drive will be closed for approximately three weeks as part of a rehabilitation project.

As part of the same project, the city has completed it’s work on the ramp from westbound Lower Wacker Drive to Upper Wacker.

River North Streets Closures This Weekend For Brown Line Work

Road Construction AheadWork on the CTA’s Brown Line will close down several high volume streets in the River North area over the weekend.

Nightlife revelers planning to drive into the busy River North entertainment district should expect delays during weekend night time hours as Grand Ave, Ontario and Ohio Streets will be closed at different points Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening between Wells Street and Orleans.

Grand will be closed from Friday 8 PM through 3 PM Sunday and then again Sunday night from 7 PM
Sunday to 5 AM Monday.

Ohio St. will be closed overnight hours for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while Ontario St. will be closed overnight Friday until 8 AM Saturday & then Sunday 1 from 1 AM until 9 AM.

Oak and Erie Streets will also be closed starting at 6 PM Friday until 5 AM Monday morning.

Detours will be posted according to Notify Chicago.

Ramp From Kennedy To Congress Closing Wednesday Night For Next Phase Of Jane Byrne Interchange Project

Jane Byrne InterchangeHeads up motorists.

The Jane Byrne Interchange project moves forward with the closing of the inbound Kennedy Expressway (EB I-90/94) ramp Wednesday night.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the ramp will close Wednesday night at 11:59 PM and be closed until the morning of Monday, August 31st as part of the major reconstruction of what used to be called the Circle Interchange until it was changed to honor former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne last year.