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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has released a pair of videos using time lapse photography to show how crews dismantled the Ontario Street Bridge over the past two weekends.
The videos posted on YouTube, compress approximately 48 hours of continual work into four to five minute segments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.