Category Archives: Chicago traffic

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.

Chicago Ranked 4th Worst U.S. City To Own A Car



We’re #4!

That’s the rank Chicago earned when it comes to the worst U.S. cities to own a car according to financial education website, NerdWallet.

In what could be a methodology challenged survey, the site looked at factors like the cost of owning a vehicle, a city’s congestion/density, time stuck in traffic and whether it rains or snows a lot there.

Emergency Pothole Repair Closes Down Lane On Southbound I-55 Wednesday

I-55The Illinois Department of Transportation announced emergency repairs to the southbound Stevenson Expressway (I-55) this afternoon just before rush hour begins.

Emergency repairs are necessary to fix a large pothole which perforates the entire depth of the roadway bridge deck on a section of I-55 just west of Lake Shore Drive, which carries traffic above Martin Luther King Blvd. near McCormick Place.

The entire right lane of the expressway will be closed to facilitate repairs. the closure will extend east to the right lane of southbound Lake Shore Drive according to IDOT.

Commuters who normally take Lake Shore Drive to I-55 South should consider an alternative route this evening.

IDOT says the repairs will be completed later Wednesday evening.

Weekend Kennedy Expressway Work To End Early Says IDOT

A sign warns drivers on the Kennedy Expressway near the Ohio St. exit of impending weekend lane closures.

A sign warns drivers on the Kennedy Expressway near the Ohio St. exit of impending weekend lane closures.

Good news drivers.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Saturday the originally scheduled three weekends of lane closures and massive traffic tie ups are ending a week early.

“The removal of the Ontario Street bridge is proceeding so smoothly that we, in coordination with the City of Chicago, are taking advantage of the opportunity to condense this project into just two weekends,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider in a press statement.