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The ramp that connects the eastbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (westbound I-290) will be closed over the weekend according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The ramp will close at 10 PM Friday, January 15th and re-open Monday, January 18th at 4 AM, in time for the morning rush hour.
IDOT says the closure is necessary for construction of the pier needed for the new flyover ramp which links the westbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway. The work is part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Project.
Traffic will be directed to the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway to the 18th Street exit ramp. IDOT says motorists should follow the posted detour signs to re-enter the inbound Dan Ryan to use the exit ramp to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway.
IDOT says motorists should expect delays.
The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to give motorists a technological tool to help them survive driving during the winter with the “Winter Road Conditions app on the gettingaroundillinois.com website.
The Getting Around Illinois map is updated 24/7 during winter weather events to provide drivers with the latest road conditions all around the state.
The Winter Road Conditions Map is actually updated based on data reported by IDOT snow plow drivers clearing snow from state roads during a winter storm.
That’s because law enforcement will be working overtime to catch driver’s who’ve over celebrated while ringing in the new year.
IDOT is working with the Illinois State Police and over 200 local law enforcement agencies with stepped up enforcement via additional roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and additional patrols.
IDOT officials say that fatalities have been on the rise in Illinois in 2015 and New Year’s Eve makes roads particularly more dangerous. Currently, the state has 999 fatalities (an 8.5% increase over 2014 statistics) on the books and will most likely surpass the 1,000 fatality threshold for the first time in years.
State transportation and law enforcement officials are warning drivers to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket”.
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are teaming up with 170 other police and sheriff’s departments in an enforcement effort to keep drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season. Through the first weekend of 2016, just after the New Year holiday, law enforcement will be increasing enforcement efforts, conducting roadside safety checks and safety belt enforcement zones.
“Driving under the influence remains a significant factor in fatal traffic crashes,” said Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Williams. “The ISP will be doing our part to help keep the roadways safe this holiday season by conducting extra patrols with an emphasis on removing impaired drivers.”
IDOT says recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that fatalities from drunk driving have plateaued in Illinois–neither rising or declining.
The Illinois Department of Transportation just released a video, just ahead of winter, to remind drivers on how best to deal with challenging seasonal road conditions.
Good tips and perhaps a reminder to all those motorists who completely forgot how to drive on snow and ice over the past few months.
IDOT says it’s a 1.1% increase over last year when Illinois’ 94.1% gave the state the 7th highest seatbelt usage rate in the U.S. according to the National Highway Safety Administration. This year’s numbers should improve Illinois ranking.
“More and more Illinois drivers are getting the message that something as simple as buckling up every time you get into a vehicle saves lives,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Blankenhorn. “This is great news and an encouraging trend, but we still have more work to do. To get the usage rate even higher and save even more lives on Illinois roadways, we will look to strengthen our partnerships with law enforcement on safety campaigns and continue searching for creative new ways to get out the message on the importance of using your seat belt.”
Steven J. Bahnsen hates bad street signs signs.
And while Bahnsen is arguably, the most knowledgeable expert on traffic signs in the entire state, he curiously doesn’t work for CDOT or IDOT.
Scheduled repair work on the 63rd St. Bridge will close the span over the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) to all traffic starting Monday, January 12th according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The bridge is undergoing major repair work which will take about 10 months to finish.
IDOT says there will be daily lane closures on nearby Wentworth Ave. and Yale St. and expressway motorists should expect nightly lane closures until the end of October 2015.
The 63rd St. Bridge serves as a major conduit for the South Side neighborhoods surrounding the area. Area drivers should follow the detour signs and take the suggested detour routes.
The Chicago Tribune breaks down Illinois crash statistics for 2013 in a recent story and finds that vehicle crashes and fatalities were both up last year.
Traffic experts are theorizing crashes are up because people are driving more. There’s also concern the low price of gas may increase average miles driven and thus increase crashes and traffic deaths in 2015.
There are some interesting takeaways the Tribune points out from the statistics.
Here’s the breakdown:
The vote wasn’t even close.
100 Illinois State Representatives voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on Illinois Tollways Wednesday in Springfield. Only 11 voted against the override, with one abstention.
The Illinois Senate had completed its part of the override on November 21st, with a similarly overwhelming vote of 44-5-1.
Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), the bill’s sponsor, along with advocates to raise the speed limit to 70, have contended the law will reduce crashes and improve safety as it brings the posted speed limit in line with the speed at which motorists are already driving on the tollways. They cite research and studies which show the differential in speeds between those drivers obeying the speed limit and others driving at higher speeds which leads to more serious crashes.
Traffic studies done by the Illinois Tollway Authority and outside groups have found speeds on most segments of that roadway are averaging around 70 mph.