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South Side drivers will be happy to know, the facelift to the Kedzie Street Bridge is finished and open to vehicular traffic according to DNA Info.
The city spent $5 million to give the bridge which spans the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal between 31st and 36th a new concrete roadway deck, sidewalks, floor beams and bracing as well as repaired girders.
The bridge was originally build in 1909, reconstructed in 1969 before this most recent work began this past March. The bridge was closed to all traffic since June.
Here’s DNA Info’s full report, “Kedzie Avenue Bridge Reopens to Traffic.”
Lead-footed drivers that drive through or by Humboldt Park (3100 W. Augusta Blvd.), Douglas Park (2900 W. Ogden Ave.) and Major Taylor Trail Park (445 W. 127th St.) need to slow down or pay up.
The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday that speed cameras at those three parks will stop issuing warnings and begin issuing $35 and $100 tickets beginning on Saturday, November 30th.
But, despite the city’s legal authority to issue tickets for drivers going as low as 6 mph over the speed limit, CDOT says it will only issue tickets for vehicles traveling 10 mph or more over the posted limit. That threshold will be lowered over time according to CDOT, but no firm time frame for this was given.
Parked on a street near a speed camera was enough to get one driver a speed camera warning notice according to the Chicago Tribune.
The driver, received a warning notice for her parked car getting clocked going 37 miles per hour. Confused, she checked the online video and saw that her car sitting still while another car speed past in the opposite direction.
The incident upset her enough that she reached out to the newspaper to share her story.
Nine cameras near four city parks (Gompers, McKinley, Garfield, and Marquette) began issuing speed camera tickets with monetary fines between $35 and $100 between October 16th and October 22nd.
According to CDOT, speeding events have dropped by nearly two-thirds between the first of warnings and the third week in ticketing.
After the cameras were first installed back in late August and early September, warnings were issued for a period of 30 days. CDOT says each camera issued an average 507 warnings per day in the first week of operation. But by the third week of issuing tickets, violations for exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph or more had dropped to just 175 per day.
7 More Speed Cam Locations Start Ticketing By End Of Month
Three new speed camera locations at Washington, Douglas and Legion Parks began issuing tickets with monetary fines beginning Monday according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The three locations had issued warning notices for a 30 day period which was followed by a two-week period where no warnings were issued to insure all warnings were received in the mail by speeding drivers.
Although the law allows for $35 tickets to be issued for vehicles exceeding the speed limit between 6-10 miles per hour, and $100 fines for going 11 mph or more, the city will initially only issue tickets for drivers going 10 mph over the limit. The city says this speed threshold will gradually be lowered but gave no time frame for this.
CDOT also announced another four speed camera locations will start their ticketing phase by the end of November. This includes cameras at Abbott Park which will begin issuing violations next Monday, November 25th and at Humboldt, Major Taylor Park and another location in Douglas Park will start ticketing Saturday, November 30th.
By Moe Torrist
On November 1, 2013, you announced your resignation as Chicago’s Transportation Commissioner. In the wake of that announcement, you have received the heartfelt thanks from those who seek to eliminate cars from the streets of Chicago.
But please don’t think that Chicago’s motorists are ungrateful for all that you (along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel) have done, in your brief two and a half year stint as Transportation Commissioner. To that end, we, the motorists of Chicago, would like to offer our sincere thanks for all of your good works. In particular, we would like to sing your praises for all of the following accomplishments…
On Wednesday at City Hall, Commissioner Gabe Klein went through his last Chicago Department of Transportation city budget hearings.
Klein announced his resignation late last week and will leave his post at the end of this month.
So during the nearly eight hours of hearings City Council members praised, questioned and sometimes scolded Klein and his staff about a range of transportation related issues including the city’s brand new speed camera program.
Klein and CDOT Deputy Commissioner Scott Kubly both said the first 50 speed camera locations will finished being installed in early 2014. This would be followed by the installation an additional 50 speed camera enforcement sites by the end of 2014 according to CDOT documents prepared for aldermen.
This will give Chicago a total of 100 speed enforcement locations with over 200 speed cameras, making the city’s automated speed camera enforcement program the largest in the U.S. by the end of next year. Washtington DC, where Klein previously served as Director the DC Department of Transportation, currently operates the nation’s largest automated speed enforcement program with close to 150 cameras.
Gabe Klein will ride his bicycle into the sunset as the city’s Commissioner of Transportation at the end of November.
Klein, announced his resignation Friday, leaving a position he held for two and a half years to rejoin the public sector according to the Chicago Tribune.
Klein was hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push a heavy, pro-bike, pro-pedestrian, alternative transportation agenda which included the Divvy bike sharing program, restarting the Bloomingdale Trail project and overseeing Emanuel’s promise to build 100 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of his first term.
But Klein had raised the ire of many Chicago drivers by spearheading the city’s new speed camera enforcement system–a program that looks to generate tens of millions of dollars a year. Despite the lack of corroborating crash data to substantiate the need for speed cameras, supporters bought into Klein’s claim it would reduce pedestrian crashes–in particular juvenile pedestrian crashes.
Channel 11′s Chicago Tonight has a solid run down on the start of ticketing at the city’s first speed cameras.
Interestingly, they report Alderman Anthony Beale (9th) is questioning if one of the city’s first Southside locations is a legitimate location for a speed camera.
Chicago’s first two speed cameras will begin issuing $35 and $100 fines starting Wednesday at 6 AM according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.
The two cameras, at 4100 W. Foster Ave. and 5100 N. Pulaski Road, both adjacent to Gompers Park, were installed back in August and after a 30 day warning period and subsequent grace period, the two cameras are finally ready to start mailing out tickets with monetary fines.
The city says all drivers are entitled to one more speed camera warning before a ticket with a fine attached is mailed.