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Category Archives: Chicago traffic

Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush Hour

Winds, Waves Close Northbound Lake Shore Drive At Rush HourWind gusts of 60 mph pushed 20 foot waves onto the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive Friday afternoon forcing the city to reduce travel to a single lane and causing some severe rush hour traffic backups.

DNA Info reports at one point all four lanes were closed from Oak Street to North Avenue but conditions improved as the evening wore on.

“We are urging motorists to drive with caution and recommending they use an alternate route in the meantime,” said Melissa Stratton a spokesperson for the city Office of Emergency Management.

The problems on Lake Shore Drive, along with snow and sleet showers across the area, made Halloween’s rush hour even more horrific than normal Fridays.

Commuters experienced longer than normal travel times were the norm on most Chicago expressways.

A lake shore flood advisory is in place until 4 AM Saturday.

Protestors Shutdown Wicker Park Intersection Tuesday Night

 

A group of over 50 protestors shut down traffic at the very busyintersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenues Tuesday night according to DNA Info.

The protestors were marching in “solidarity” with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer recently.

The chanting marchers blocked the intersection around 9 PM and then walked south on Milwaukee Avenue to Division and Ashland. The protest lasted about 30 minutes. Two protestors were arrested for obstruction of traffic after failing to obey police officers trying to clear the streets.

IDOT Warns Of Weekend Roadwork On Chicago Area Expressways

Signs along Chicagoland expressways will  not go up to 65 or 70 mph despite Sen. Oberweis' efforts to clarify a new law he sponsored.

Traffic backs up along the inbound Kennedy Expressway.

A trio of maintenance projects will offer short term traffic challenges for motorists this weekend on Chicago expressways.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting two bridge inspections Saturday and Sunday morning.

Downtown Rush Hour ‘Carmageddon’ Friday Evening

Chicago-Critical-MassAvoid the Loop this evening drivers.

A cluster of protests and events downtown late Friday afternoon and early evening will make a normally difficult rush hour even more challenging.

Starting at 4 PM, a protest against Israel protecting itself from Hamas terrorists will take place in Daley Center.

This is followed by the monthly Critical Mass ride which coincidentally begins at Daley Center at 5:30 PM. The Critical Mass route is never announced in advance, so after departing from Daley Center a few thousand bike riders could be messing or massing up traffic all over the city.

IDOT Escorts Bike Rider Off Kennedy Expressway

Expressway sign prohbiting vehicles

A sign at an entrance ramp to the Kennedy Expressway prohibits certain vehicles–including bicycles–from riding on the high speed roadway.

A seemingly confused bicycle rider was riding on the outbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) during rush hour last Thursday evening according to DNA Info.

Luckily, some quick thinking Illinois Department of Transportation workers helped escort the biker off the expressway at Armitage around 6 PM according to the Illinois State Police.

The bike rider was not detained, ticketed nor arrested.

It is illegal for the bicycles and mopeds to be operated on the Kennedy expressway and generally speaking, all expressways and tollways.

More Expressway Flooding Creates Traffic Problems Near O’Hare

Airport Parking SignAnother heavy thunderstorm dropped massive amounts of rain on the region causing another flooding incident on a Chicagoland expressway.

I-190 to O’Hare was reduced to one lane due to flooding Tuesday morning, causing major traffic backups which caused some travelers to exit their vehicles and walk to the airport to make their flight according to DNA Info.

The area has received over 2″ of rain in the past 24 hours.

Last week the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) at 25th Avenue near Broadview suffered a full closure due to flooding caused by heavy rain and a collapsed sewer drain.

Later Tuesday afternoon the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that maintenance crews will conduct an inspection of a pumping station near I-190. IDOT says the flooding occurred due to heavy rainfall and brief power outages that caused pumps to fail.

Here’s DNA Info’s story, “Traffic to O’Hare a Mess Because of Flooding on Expressway.”

Division Street Bridge Closure, Demolition Starts Monday

A sign on Elston Avenue detours drivers around the closed portion of Ashland Avenue this weekend.The Division Street bridge over the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River will begin being demolished starting Monday morning, June 30th.

The Chicago Department of Transportation says the 111-year old double-leaf bascule movable bridge is over 100 years old and needs to be replaced.

CDOT crews will replace the demolished bridge with an interim bridge until a new, permanent bascule bridge is constructed.

“This historic bridge has been in service for more than a century as a key transportation link across Goose Island for cars, trains, bikes and pedestrians,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. “But it is at the end of its useful life, and is in need of a complete reconstruction.”

Traffic will be detoured via Ashland Avenue.

CDOT says the detour will be in place until mid-October.

IDOT Time Lapse Video Shows Ontario Bridge Demolition

Dearbon Bridge Closed To Traffic Starting Tuesday

Road Construction AheadThe Chicago Department of Transportation is closing the Dearborn Bridge to all traffic starting Tuesday morning to allow construction on the Chicago Riverwalk.

The bridge over the main branch of the Chicago River at between Illinois Street and Wacker Drive will be closed until Monday, June 30th.

Vehicles will be detoured west on Wacker Drive, north on La Salle Street, and east on Illinois Street then back onto Dearborn.

Second Weekend Of Downtown Kennedy Closures Start 10 PM Friday

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

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

A second weekend of lane closures will hit a heavily traveled, downtown section of the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) starting Friday at 10 PM.

And according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, this weekends closures could be worse than last weekend’s.

“IDOT is asking the public for its continued patience and to still plan accordingly if traveling in and out of Chicago this weekend to avoid any backups and delays,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “We’re asking the public to plan ahead and use public transportation if possible, as this weekend’s traffic configuration has the potential to cause many more traffic impacts than last weekend.”

The closures are necessary to facilitate the demolition of the Ohio Street Bridge as part of a $16.5 million Ohio Street interchange improvement project.