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John Bills, Convicted In Redflex Bribery Scandal, Delayed Until September

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The wheels of justice continue to turn slowly in the Redflex bribery scandal in Chicago.

John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois deputy transportation commissioner who took bribes from the Australian company is now receiving “mental health counseling” as he awaits sentencing.

On Monday April 25th, Bills, 55, returned from Naples, Florida where he attended a wedding over the previous weekend.

Redflex is trying to convince a judge to dismiss its former executive vice president, Aaron M. Rosenberg, from a lawsuit he filed on behalf of the city of Chicago to recover up to $383 million from the ticketing firm because it lied in official documents. Rosenberg’s attorneys and the city insist that his insider perspective is essential to making the case against Redflex.

Chicago River Spring Bridge Lift Starts 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.

The City of Chicago’s annual bridge lift kicks off Saturday morning April 16th, on the city’s southwest side according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Every spring and fall in Chicago, the city schedules bridges over the Chicago River to be raised twice a week to allow sail boats with masts too high to go under city bridges, to move into and from Lake Michigan.

“The springtime lifting of Chicago’s iconic movable river bridges marks the beginning of the boating season each year and is a welcome sight for Chicagoans,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways. “CDOT works with local boat storage yards each year to create a schedule that accommodates boats while causing the least amount of impact on downtown street traffic.”

On Saturday morning, the lift will begin at 8 AM at the Ashland Avenue Bridge with bridges lifting consecutively until the boats reach Lake Michigan.

Three teams of bridgetenders “leapfrog” each other between bridges along the river, in order to keep the process running as fast and smoothly as possible according to CDOT

CDOT Announces Test Bridge Lifts Through End Of March

CDOT logoCity bridge tenders will be testing downtown bridges over the next two weeks according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

On an almost daily basis, individual bridges will closed to traffic in order to raise and lower them in order to see if they’re in working order.

The annual spring bridge lift, where bridges spanning the Chicago River are lifted in succession on certain days between mid-April and June to allow tall masted watercraft to move down the river to Lake Michigan for the summer.

CDOT says bridge lifts will take place on weekends only this year, which is a change from previous years where lifts also occurred at least one day during the work week.

Here’s the closure schedule:

Chicago Ave. Bridge Closed 3 Days For Emergency Repairs

CDOT logoThe Chicago Department of Transportation announced Tuesday the Chicago Avenue Bridge is going to be closed to traffic for the next three days for emergency repairs.

An inspection of the bridge on Tuesday turned up enough problems to warrant full closures to motor vehicle traffic for the repairs form 9 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All other times, the one lane in each direction will be opened to traffic.

The bridge, which spans the North Branch of the Chicago River to the grating on the bridge and to supporting beams according to CDOT. Inspectors closed traffic to one lane in each direction on Tuesday after discovering the structural issues on the bridge.

Adams St. Bridge Closed For Construction Starting Monday Night

Construction on the Adams Street Bridge starts after the evening rush on Monday, January 25th. Photo credit: CDOT

Construction on the Adams Street Bridge starts after the evening rush on Monday, January 25th. Photo credit: CDOT

Just after rush hour Monday night (January 25th), the Adams Street Bridge will be closed to traffic for a 13-month reconstruction project according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Adjacent to Union Station and spanning the South Branch of the Chicago River, the bascule bridge was constructed to raise and lower to allow high masted boat traffic on the river. Most of the other downtown bascule bridges have been rebuilt or repaired over the last ten years according to CDOT.

Project Means 5 Weeks Of Lane Closures On Columbus Drive

CDOT logoAbout five weeks of construction work on Columbus Drive began Monday, January 18th according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Two lanes of northbound and two lanes of southbound Columbus Drive will be closed between Randolph and Monroe for maintenance work on the section of the road directly above the Millennial Park Garage. This will leave a single northbound and a single southbound lane open to vehicular traffic.

The southbound entrance and northbound exit to the Millennium Park garage will also be closed for the first phase of the repairs. CDOT says motorists may use the northbound garage entrance near Monroe and exit the garage southbound at Randolph.

With two of three lanes in each direction closed for the next five weeks, drivers would be best advised to avoid that section of Columbus Drive.

Lake Street Bridge Closed Sunday For Maintenance

CDOT logoThe Lake Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic Sunday, December 6th for maintenance according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

CDOT says the bridge, which spans the South Branch of the Chicago River will close from 2 AM until 8 PM on Sunday.

The roadway and sidewalks will be closed to both vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Low Turnout At Meeting To Remove Bucktown Area Red Light Cam

A Xerox contractor installs a new red light camera at the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road.

A Xerox contractor installs a red light camera at the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road in 2014.

Just a handful of Bucktown area residents dropped by Holstein Park on Wednesday night to voice their thoughts on two area red light cameras slated to be permanently decommissioned.

Two red light cameras as Ashland and Diversey and another pair at the intersection of Western, Armitage and Milwaukee have been turned off since March, after a pre-election announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to turn off 50 cameras at 25 intersections across the city.

The intersections, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation, have had crashes fall below a certain metric that made in unnecessary to keep the cameras there. Crashes at Ashland and Diversey have fallen to just 1.31 crashes per million vehicles with zero right angle crashes. At Western-Armitage-Milwaukee, crashes were at 1.99 per million vehicles with zero right angle crashes.

The one hour open house had poster boards extolling the benefits of red light cameras as well as crash data at every RLC intersection in the city.

But perhaps just four or five residents showed up to check out the open house, ask questions and voice their opinion Wednesday evening. Two of the attendees were from the anti-camera group Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras.

Ramp From Lower To Upper Wacker Drive Closed For Two Weeks

CDOT logoA ramp connecting Lower Wacker Drive with Upper Wacker Drive was closed on Wednesday for about two weeks for a rehabilitation project according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The ramp, which allows vehicles traveling westbound on Lower Wacker to transfer to Upper Wacker, is located at the eastern portion of Wacker Drive near Columbus Drive.

CDOT recommends drivers take alternate routes to avoid inevitable delays. A detour will divert traffic from Lower Wacker via southbound Columbus Drive to westbound East South Water Street which feeds into East Wacker Place, and then north on Wabash Avenue to ultimately connect with Upper Wacker Drive.

The ramp is scheduled to reopen the second week in October.

2015 Fall Season Chicago River Bridge Lift Starts Saturday

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.

As the summer wanes, and the cool weather approaches, Chicago’s boats start leaving Lake Michigan for the winter this Saturday.

Saturday morning, the City of Chicago kicks off its annual fall bridge lift to allow boaters to transport their masted watercraft down the Chicago River and into dry dock storage yards.

Chicago Department of Transportation crews will lift the 27 bridges along the South Branch of the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to Ashland in sequence starting at 9 AM.

“As summer comes to a close, CDOT is preparing to facilitate the annual rite of passage that allows sailors to move their boats from the Lake to their winter storage yards,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways. “CDOT has worked with local boat storage yards to create a schedule that accommodates boats while minimizing the impact on downtown street traffic.”