Category Archives: Chicago traffic

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.

Chicago’s Spring Bridge Lift Kicks Off Saturday Morning

A small flotilla of boats passes through the open State Street Bridge on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Jeremy Atherton, © 2006.

A small flotilla of boats passes through the open State Street Bridge on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit: Jeremy Atherton, © 2006.

Chicago’s spring bridge lift season begins this this Saturday, April 18th at 8:00AM, starting at the Ashland Bridge over the Chicago River.

During the spring bridge lift, local sailboat owners begin bringing their high masted sea vessels from storage, and down the Chicago River back to Lake Michigan in mid-April.

Every spring and fall, CDOT is in charge of the process of raising the city’s 27 movable bridges twice weekly along the main and south branches of the Chicago River in order to allow recreational water craft to return to the lake.

More Loop Lane Closures To Start Friday Morning

Road Construction AheadMore downtown lane closures on Madison Street are set to begin early Friday morning according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

CDOT crews have had a section of Madison St. between State St. and Clark St. reduced to two lanes for a while as part of the Loop Link construction project.

But starting Friday, those closures will be extended from LaSalle St. to Wacker Drive to continue the project. While two lanes of closures will be in place during weekday daytime hours, CDOT says additional lanes may be closed overnights through out the duration of the project which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

Protesters Tie Up Rush Hour Traffic On Dan Ryan, Lake Shore Dr.


Protesters struck again during Thursday night’s evening commute, temporarily blocking traffic on both the Dan Ryan Expressway and Lake Shore Drive.

The protesters were part of an organized reaction to the news that the police officer involved in the death of a man in New York City who resisted arrest, was not indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday.

DNA Info reports
the protesters, starting in the Loop, marched down State Street towards Soldier Field, where traffic was already worse than normal due to a Thursday night Bears game.

The marchers then went west on Roosevelt Road to the Dan Ryan expressway where they slowed traffic in both directions with their protest.

According to DNA Info:

UIC Awarded $5.5 Contract To Continue Traffic Research

John Dillenburg, senior research scientist in computer science, with systems specialists Sri Poodipeddi and Anjum Malik. Photo credit: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services

John Dillenburg, senior research scientist in computer science, with systems specialists Sri Poodipeddi and Anjum Malik. Photo credit: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services

How can Chicago reduce traffic congestion?

The University of Illinois’ Artificial Intelligence Lab is trying to find the answers.

That’s the reason the Illinois Department of Transportation awarded the lab $5.5 million to continue developing the Gateway Traveler Information System and the TravelMidwest.com website.

These sites gives motorists real time information on expressway congestion for the greater Chicago area to allow drivers to find the most efficient way to their destination.

The interactive maps allow users to zoom in get data on travel times, congestion, construction, accidents, and other events which effect traffic.

Google Maps Says Avoid Driving Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

Worst Day to Travel graphicIf you don’t want to be stuck in traffic this holiday weekend, Google Maps says avoid driving Wednesday.

Wednesday is the worst day for motorists to travel during the Thanksgiving Day holiday exodus from the city according to the internet’s most popular search site.

Of course, this is no surprise to hardened Chicago drivers used to the painful traffic congestion on some of the nation’s most traveled expressways even when its not on the day before a major holiday.

Google Map, using its access to vast amounts of data from 21 major cities over the past two years has given drivers insight into turkey day holiday travel in a recent report.

Police Close Select Chicago Roadways Due To Ferguson Protests

police600Monday evening’s announcement that Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson won’t be indicted for killing 18-year old Michael Brown has sparked protests in Chicago resulting in street closures in some areas of the city.

The Chicago Police Department says Lake Shore Drive has been shutdown in both directions from Roosevelt Road south,  due to ongoing protests centered around the Bronzeville neighborhood.

“Due to Police Activity NB & SB S Lake Shore Drive SB @ at Roosevelt Rd has been shut down and until further notice,” CPD said in a one sentence statement.

Protesters have gathered outside Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th and Michigan Avenue and reports have other protesters converging on Daley Plaza and the Thompson Center downtown. Some streets surrounding these areas with large numbers of protestors are being closed by police according to CPD.

The intersection of 35th and Martin Luther King Drive and surround streets are closed. Michigan Avenue from 31st to Cermak. The Stevenson (I-55) is closed between the Kennedy (I-90/94) and Lake Shore Drive.

Overwhelming forensic evidence and strong eye witness testimony showed Michael Brown, after robbing a convenience store, attacked officer Wilson who shot and killed Brown in self defense and led the grand jury to pass on indicting Wilson.

UPDATE 11:00 PM: Protestors are reporting via Twitter CPD has blocked bridges along Wacker Drive to prevent protesters from coming into River North.

UPDATE 11:10 PM: Traffic reports have the Stevenson reopened from Kennedy to LSD.

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.