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IDOT Uses Zombie Video Series To Promote Safe Driving

What’s scarier than a bunch of flesh eating zombies trying to make a meal of you?

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s not wearing your seat belt.

IDOT Escorts Bike Rider Off Kennedy Expressway

Expressway sign prohbiting vehicles

A sign at an entrance ramp to the Kennedy Expressway prohibits certain vehicles–including bicycles–from riding on the high speed roadway.

A seemingly confused bicycle rider was riding on the outbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) during rush hour last Thursday evening according to DNA Info.

Luckily, some quick thinking Illinois Department of Transportation workers helped escort the biker off the expressway at Armitage around 6 PM according to the Illinois State Police.

The bike rider was not detained, ticketed nor arrested.

It is illegal for the bicycles and mopeds to be operated on the Kennedy expressway and generally speaking, all expressways and tollways.

Public Weighs In On Rehabbing Lake Shore Drive At Meeting

Cars back up at rush hour at the Belmont Avenue exit on northbound Lake Shore Drive. Photo credit: NorthLakeShoreDrive.org

Cars back up at rush hour at the Belmont Avenue exit on northbound Lake Shore Drive. Photo credit: NorthLakeShoreDrive.org

Tuesday July 8th, the Drake Hotel played host for a meeting to “Redefine The Drive” to elicit the public’s input on what changes should be made on a planned $1 billion facelift of North Lake Shore Drive.

The Illinois Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Transportation plan a dramatic rehab and perhaps reinvention of the seven mile stretch of LSD between Grand and Hollywood. The agencies say due to the age of the roadway it will need to be rebuilt.

The project wouldn’t even break ground until 2019 or even 2020, with costs estimated to be around $1 billion–a hefty sum for a city and state which are both close to insolvency.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, all sorts of ideas were suggested including: a double-decker configuration with an upper and lower LSD; a light rail line down the middle of LSD; or dedicated express bus lanes.

IDOT Pinpoints Source Of Flooding On Eisenhower Expressway

I-290 signIllinois Department of Transportation crews have located the source of the flooding that closed down the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) at 25th Avenue in Broadview earlier this week.

According to IDOT a collapsed storm sewer discovered by IDOT at 25th Avenue is the culprit.

IDOT is closing down the southbound 25th Avenue ramp to the eastbound Eisenhower (I-290) starting at 7 AM Thursday to repair the sewer. IDOT expects the problem to be fixed and the ramp re-opened later in the day.

IDOT Time Lapse Video Shows Ontario Bridge Demolition

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.

Weekend Kennedy Expressway Work To End Early Says IDOT

A sign warns drivers on the Kennedy Expressway near the Ohio St. exit of impending weekend lane closures.

A sign warns drivers on the Kennedy Expressway near the Ohio St. exit of impending weekend lane closures.

Good news drivers.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Saturday the originally scheduled three weekends of lane closures and massive traffic tie ups are ending a week early.

“The removal of the Ontario Street bridge is proceeding so smoothly that we, in coordination with the City of Chicago, are taking advantage of the opportunity to condense this project into just two weekends,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider in a press statement.

IDOT Warns Of Weekend Traffic Pain On Kennedy Expressway

Road Construction Ahead

Drivers using the Kennedy Expressway this weekend should get ready for some pain.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning Chicago motorists this weekend will be the first of three consecutive weekends the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) will be closed for the demolition of the westbound Ontario St. Bridge.

In fact, IDOT is advising drivers to avoid the Kennedy altogether if they can because they’re expecting major backups and traffic delays due to the construction work.

Illinois Traffic Fatalities Down Due To 70 MPH Speed Limit?

70 MPH signThe good news is traffic fatalities on Illinois roads are down according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In fact, there have been only 341 fatalities so far this year compared to this time last year–74 less.

The first half of this year is coincidentally the first six months the speed limit has been raised in some places from 65 to 70 mph.

A reporter for Springfield’s NPR radio station WUIS tries to link these two facts, implying the higher speed limit is helping reduce fatalities. Critics of the higher speed limit claimed it would increase traffic deaths.

Law Enforcement Gears Up For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Click It or TicketIllinois motorists planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend are being urged to buckle up or risk being ticketed in a surge in seat belt enforcement.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, State Troopers, along with local law enforcement units across the state will be operating hundreds of seat belt enforcement zones and other enforcement patrols looking for seat belt law violators and drunk drivers.

This enforcement push is part of a Click It or Ticket campaign that began May 9th and goes through Memorial Day this Monday.