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Poll: Mayor Emanuel More Disliked Than Eisenhower Traffic

EmanuelPollingA new poll released by mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti seems to show that incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel is more disliked than the morning traffic headaches on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) according to Illinois News Online.

That’s saying something as morning commuters who take the Ike to work know what a major pain in the butt the traffic can be.

While the poll from Fioretti, the seems a bit tongue in cheek, to give the Rahm vs. Eisenhower traffic comparison some context it also seems the mayor’s unfavorable ratings are even higher than Fox News and the Green Bay Packers.

Here’s Illinois News Online’s full story, “Poll: Emanuel’s Unfavorables Rival Green Bay, Traffic.”

Ohio Streeet Bridge Project Will Close Lanes, Ramps This Weekend

Road Construction AheadThe Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers using the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to be aware of several lane and ramp closures this weekend.

As part of the ongoing Ohio Street Bridge project, the reversible express lanes will be closed all weekend and the westbound Ontario Street feeder ramp will be closed starting at 10 PM Friday, September 5th.

Drivers needing to go westbound will be detoured eastbound to the Taylor Street exit and then directed to re-enter the expressway there going westbound.

The express lanes will re-open by 7 AM Sunday morning, while the Ontario feeder ramp will be back open by 9 AM Sunday.

IDOT warns drivers to expect delays.

IDOT Announces Overnight Lane Closures Wednesday On I-90/94

A sign warns of last weekend's closures for the Ohio Street Bridge removal.

A sign warns of the removal of the Ohio Street bridge earlier this summer.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced an overnight closure of the westbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) for Wednesday, September 3rd.

As part of the ongoing Ohio Street bridge project, starting at 9 PM Wednesday and extending until 5 AM Thursday morning, traffic lanes will be reduced from Jackson Blvd. to Ogden Ave.

In addition, the ramps for Jackson, Adams St. an Randolph St. will be closed on the westbound Kennedy. Also the westbound ramp from Congress Parkway onto westbound I-90/94 and the Ontario St. ramp to the eastbound Kennedy will be closed.

Second Weekend Of Downtown Kennedy Closures Start 10 PM Friday

A sign warns of last weekend's closures for the Ohio Street Bridge removal.

A sign warns of last weekend’s closures for the Ohio Street Bridge removal.

A second weekend of lane closures will hit a heavily traveled, downtown section of the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) starting Friday at 10 PM.

And according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, this weekends closures could be worse than last weekend’s.

“IDOT is asking the public for its continued patience and to still plan accordingly if traveling in and out of Chicago this weekend to avoid any backups and delays,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “We’re asking the public to plan ahead and use public transportation if possible, as this weekend’s traffic configuration has the potential to cause many more traffic impacts than last weekend.”

The closures are necessary to facilitate the demolition of the Ohio Street Bridge as part of a $16.5 million Ohio Street interchange improvement project.

An Inside Look At The Kennedy Expressway’s Reversible Lanes

Traffic jamWho knew the Kennedy Expressway’s reversible lanes were such an interesting topic?

The Chicago Tribune published an excellent piece on the reversible lanes recently that gives readers amazing insight into how they work.

These additional two lanes are switched twice a day. The lanes are inbound for the morning rush and then flipped for the  outbound rush hour in the middle of the day during the week. On Friday nights an additional set of reversals are made to accommodate drivers headed into the city for dinner or a night on the town.

Why Does Traffic On The Kennedy Expressway Get Backed Up?

Why does traffic on the Kennedy Expressway backup at the Eden’s junction?

That’s the question asked and answered by WBEZ 91.5 FM resident historian John R. Schmidt.

Isn’t it simply too many vehicles traveling on too few miles of roadway? According to Schmidt, it has to do with how the expressway was originally constructed back in the 1950′s.

Schmidt says back then, all the city’s expressways were designed with the idea of allowing traffic to flow in and out of the city. Traffic engineers didn’t take into consideration the idea of local drivers using the expressways for local, crosstown driving–thus underestimating traffic volumes.

Summer Promises Heavier Traffic Due To Construction Chaos

What’s that old Chicago joke?

There are two seasons in Chicago. Winter and construction.

Unfortunately, the summer of 2013 promises to live up to that joke.

According to an extensive report in the Chicago Sun-Times, drivers will be feeling the pain of being caught in construction related traffic all over the greater Chicagoland area this summer.

Here’s a rundown of all the area’s major construction projects and how it will affect you getting to where you want to go: “Road construction may put a bump in summer travel.”

Traffic To O’Hare So Bad, Some Leave Car, Walk To Airport

Traffic on the I-190 extension to O’Hare Airport Sunday morning, some people got out and started walking to the airport according to CBS Chicago.

Congestion due to road construction was so bad between approximately 6-7 AM that 70 people began walking along the shoulder of the expressway to make sure they made their flights.

Chicago Police and Illinois State Police were called out and assisted the expressway pedestrians reach O’Hare safely.

Here’s the full report from Newsradio 780 AM, “Frustrated By Traffic, People Leave Cars And Walk On Expressway To O’Hare.”

Chicago’s Traffic Improving, Study Shows

According to a new report, Chicago drivers are experienced less traffic congestion last year.

Chicago drivers may find it hard to believe, but a new study says Chicago’s traffic congestion significantly improved in 2012.

INRIX, an international provider of traffic data, released its Traffic Scoreboard Annual Report on Wednesday, which shows congestion on the city’s many roadways has dropped by 23 percent in 2012.

According to the report, Chicago drivers spent 30 hours stuck in traffic last year, compared to 37 hours in 2011 — a seven hour difference.

This decline has dropped Chicago from its list of top “10 Worst Cities for Traffic in America.” The city was 8th in 2010, 10th in 2011 and now slides into to the 12th-worst traffic city.

Unfortunately, the reason for the improvement is not good news.

According to Jim Bak, INRIX’s Director of Community Relations, Chicago drivers can credit the city’s generally weak economy and high unemployment rate for the traffic improvement.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Torrential Rains, Flooding, Make Driving A Challenge

Three cars get swallowed up by a sinkhole on Chicago's South Side. Photo credit Nancy Loo, courtesy of @NBC News Twitter feed.

Hour after hour the rain continued to pour.

Nearly 6″ of rain fell in just 30 hours according to the National Weather Service, flooding low lying areas and making some roadways impassable.

So by Thursday morning’s rush hour, Chicago area drivers faced some very challenging driving and traffic.

Expressways all over the Chicago metro area had to be closed intermittently due to flooding, including the Edens Expressway (I-94) which, according to reports, had up to five feet of water at the peak of the rainfall.

Underpasses, viaducts and other lower lying roadways on city streets delayed many commuters and in some cases caused vehicles to stall in places where the water was extremely deep.