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Video: How To Move A Bridge 1 MPH Hour At A Time

It seems moving day was a success according to DNA Info.

That 100 ton bridge that used to span Ashland Avenue was moved early Saturday morning to Western Avenue (at Bloomingdale) as part of the Bloomgindale Trail project, where it replaced another span that was removed several weeks ago.

Major Northside Streets Temporarily Closed To Move Bridge Saturday Morning

Workers remove the bridge over Ashland Avenue Saturday morning. Photo credit: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Workers remove the bridge over Ashland Avenue several weekends ago. Photo credit: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd).

Starting at 4 AM Saturday morning, a large metal bridge which previously spanned Ashland Avenue will be relocated to Western Avenue.

Temporary parking restrictions will be put in place along the bridge procession which will run from Ashland south to North Avenue, then proceeding west to Western where the bridge will hang a right to go northbound a few blocks to its final resting place–Bloomingdale Avenue.

Western Avenue will then be temporarily closed about a block in each direction at Bloomingdale starting at 6 AM until crews can safely secure the bridge. The Chicago Department of Transportation did not give an estimate of when Western would be re-opened.

CDOT Announces More Speed Camera Ticketing, Warnings

A speed camera in Uptown catches speeding cars in the 4400 block of North Broadway Ave.

A speed camera in Uptown catches speeding cars in the 4400 block of North Broadway Ave.

The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Friday that speed cameras near two schools will begin issuing tickets, and two new speed camera sites near two parks will begin start mailing warnings to speeding drivers next week.

CDOT says the speed cams near Pickard School (2300 block of W. Cermak) and near Burr Elementary (1600 block of N. Ashland) have both finished their warning phase and will start issuing speeding tickets on Wednesday, April 16th.

While the 30-day warning period will start Monday, April 14th outside of Columbus Park (500 block of S. Central Avenue) and near Ogden Plaza Park (300 block of E. Illinois Street).

Mayor Promises Millions More To Repave Pothole Pocked Streets

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

CDOT crews fill potholes on the North Side in 2013.

The politics of potholes seems to be pushing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to commit more and more millions of dollars for the repaving of streets with intensive pothole problems.

Working hard not to become the pothole version of former Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic, this past week Emanuel pledged another $15 million towards repaving another 13 miles of pothole ravaged roadways according to DNA Info.

This announcement comes after last months commitment to spend $22 million on 15 miles of streets on top of the 364 miles of roadways Emanuel already promised to resurface earlier in the year.

Chicago streets are suffering through perhaps the worst outbreak of potholes in modern times due to one of the worst winters in memory.

Active Trans Demands City Lower Speed Camera Threshold

Contractors bring in the electrical power for a new speed camera near Irving Park and Clark Street.

Technicians get ready to install a speed camera on Irving Park Road near Clark in late fall.

If there’s something nice one can say about Chicago’s new speed camera program is the city has been careful and systematic on how they are rolling it out.

The 50 speed camera locations are not being turned on all at once, but instead camera sites are being activated slowly, methodically and with a decent amount of publicity to get the word out to motorists.

In addition, the city made a wise decision to keep the speed threshold for ticketing higher than what’s legally allowed to give drivers a further chance to become aware of where the cameras are located and hopefully slow down to avoid a ticket.

Ashland Avenue Reopened Ahead Of Schedule Saturday

Ashland Avenue sans bridge Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: The606.

Ashland Avenue sans bridge Saturday afternoon. Photo credit: The606.

Traffic on Ashland Avenue on the city’s North Side reopened much earlier than expected Saturday afternoon around 3 PM after a bridge was removed.

The Chicago Department of Transportation estimated it would take 48 hours to remove a bridge spanning Ashland Avenue between North Avenue (1600 N.) and Armitage Avenue (2000 N.) but was telling drivers and CTA bus riders the project would be finished no later than early Monday morning.

But less than 24 hours from when Ashland was closed at 8 PM Friday night, crews had removed the bridge and one of the city’s most heavily traveled thoroughfare was open to traffic according to the 606 Facebook page.

Ashland Avenue Closed To Traffic On North Side This Weekend

A sign on Elston Avenue detours drivers around the closed portion of Ashland Avenue this weekend.

A sign on Elston Avenue detours drivers around the closed portion of Ashland Avenue this weekend.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is warning drivers a portion of Ashland Avenue will be closed to all traffic on the North Side this weekend to remove a bridge.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is warning drivers Ashland Ave., one of Chicago’s main north-south thoroughfares, will be closed between North Avenue (1600 N.) and Armitage Avenue (2000 N.) starting Friday March 28th at 8 PM.

The bridge removal is part of the Bloomingdale Trail construction project.

Work will go on round the clock and Ashland will re-open to traffic no later than 5 AM Monday, March 31st. Although the city may open the street earlier than this as they are estimating the entire process to take just 48 hours.

Speed Cameras March On Across The City

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

A sign warns drivers of speed camera enforcement ahead.

Speed cameras near Lane Tech (2500 W. Addison & 3500 N. Western Ave.) and Currie (4900/5000 S. Pulaski & 4900 S. Archer Ave.) High Schools begin issuing speeding tickets on Sunday, March 16th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Both camera locations had finished their 30-day warning periods and now will be issuing $35 tickets for going 10 mph over the limit or $100 for going 11 mph or faster on school days between 7 AM to 7 PM.

Drivers must vigilant in school zones as the speed limit automatically drops to 20 mph when children are present.

On Monday, March 17th several other speed cameras near parks and schools begin their 30-day warning period.

Milwaukee Avenue Closed This Weekend For Bridge Removal

DetourMilwaukee Avenue will be closed to traffic this weekend (March 14-17) for another bridge removal project the city announced.

Closures will begin at 8 PM Friday, March 14th and Milwaukee Ave. will reopen no later than 5 AM Monday morning March 17th.

The highly traveled diagonal street will be closed in the Bucktown neighborhood between Leavitt Avenue (2200 West) and Oakley/Moffat Avenues (2300 West) to all car, CTA and pedestrian traffic over the course of the weekend.

Traffic will be detoured around the closures so the city recommends watching and following detour signs.

While last weekend Western Avenue was closed in that neighborhood for a complete removal of the bridge at Bloomingdale Avenue, the bridge on Milwaukee will be more of a rehab project. The bridge’s deteriorating concrete deck will be replaced, but not the entire structure.

Alderman Hairston Wants Better Speed Camera Signage

A sign warns drivers of speed cameras on Roosevelt Road near Douglas Park.

A sign warns drivers of speed cameras on Roosevelt Road near Douglas Park.

Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th) thinks the signs warning drivers of a speed camera zone are not good enough.

After getting two speed cam warnings in the mail recently, the Sun-Times reports Hairston has introduced a resolution for the Chicago Department of Transportation to provide  ““clear distinctive signs and/or striping that indicates that a motorist is approaching a school or park safety zone.”

A dozen of her colleagues signed on to her resolution at last week’s City Council meeting.

A resolution does not carry the same legal weight as an ordinance.

Hairston told the Sun-Times:

“I didn’t even know I was in a zone. There were no signs at all,” she said. “If I’m driving in an unfamiliar neighborhood, then I’m entitled to notice to be able to comply with the law to be a safe driver in a school zone by reducing my speed. It is not fair for a driver not to have a posted sign allowing them to adjust their speed. That’s why we have speed limits posted — so you know how fast you’re legally allowed to go.”

But CDOT doesn’t seem to be buying Hairston’s complaints.