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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.

4 Day Closure Of LaSalle St. Bridge Starts Friday Night

CDOT logoThe Chicago Department of Transportation announced today a four-day closure of the LaSalle Street Bridge starting Friday, November 13th beginning at 7 PM.

Work on the new Riverwalk reqiuires new concrete piers to be installed on the project’s underbridge connection.

CDOT says the bridge will be up, and closed to all traffic until Tuesday, November 17th at 11 PM.

Storms Postpone Overnight Closures On Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive sign cropHeavy rainfall has postponed two nights of planned overnight closures on southbound Lake Shore Drive for resurfacing of the S-curve according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

This Wednesday and Thursday night, CDOT crews had planned to close the southbound lanes from Randolph to Oak Street to complete the resurfacing of the drive’s famous S-curve.

CDOT says the closures have now been moved to Sunday (11/15) and Monday (11/16) night from 8:30 PM to 5:30 AM.

Construction crews were successful in completing the resurfacing of northbound lanes on Monday and Tuesday night. But workers may have to close the northbound lanes of this segment Thursday and Friday night to re-stripe the newly paved roadway.

These closures were part of a project to repave north Lake Shore Drive. CDOT says crews have already completed the northbound lanes from Grand to North Avenue.

Lake Shore Drive Overnight Resurfacing Project Starts Monday

Lake Shore Drive sign cropLake Shore Drive is going to get a face lift starting Monday night.

The Chicago Department of Transportation says crews will begin resurfacing the northbound lanes North Lake Shore Drive between Grand and North Avenue starting Monday, October 19th.

The project will take four weeks to complete with all the work occurring during weekday overnight hours on Monday through Thursday nights.

Final Weekend Of Lane Closures For Jane Byrne Interchange Start Friday Evening

Jane Byrne InterchangeWeekend drivers rejoice!

The end is nigh for the weekend lane closures for the roadways surrounding the heavily congested Jane Byrne Interchange.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that the fourth and final weekend of lane closures to improve one of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways will begin Friday evening, Oct. 16.

The closures are needed for the installation of steel beams that will support the deck of the new flyover bridge linking the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (westbound Interstate 90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (westbound Interstate 290).

According to IDOT the new flyover will replace an existing single-lane, winding ramp with a two-lane ramp and bridge that begins just south of Roosevelt Road and arches over Harrison Street, the rest of the Jane Byrne Interchange and Halsted Street before connecting to the outbound Eisenhower near Morgan Street.

But the flyover is just one aspect of what is a larger rehab of the interchange that began in 2014 but will take five years to complete.

Weather permitting here are the expressways that will be affected:

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.

Wrong Way Crashes Claim 50 Lives In Illinois Since 2005

50 killed and 300 injured in 198 crashes.

That’s the numbers for wrong-way crashes in Illinois between 2005-2012 according to a report by NBC 5.

Not surprisingly, most of these wrong-way crashes involve intoxicated motorists driving home during early morning hours. The vast majority of these crashes occur on expressways within the Chicago metro area.

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.

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.