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As snow continues to fall as of late afternoon Monday, city and state snow plows continue to battle the up to seven inches of snow on main thoroughfares, Lake Shore Drive and area expressways.
Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe says the city’s full fleet of 287 snow plows will be working on major roadways until the snow stops. Only then will the trucks be redeployed onto residential streets.
Weather reports have snow continuing until at least 9 PM.
The ill timed snowstorm is making evening rush hour slower and more challenging than normal. Reports of multiple crashes and spin outs are being reported across the city.
Chicago drivers know how painfully congested the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) can get.
With drivers going to and from O’Hare Airport, the traffic from where I-90 splits from I-94 is often bumper-to-bumper all the way to the airport.
Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is hoping to widen a two-mile stretch of the Kennedy according to DNA Info.
IDOT is proposing adding another lane of traffic in each direction between Cumberland and Harlem. The agency says it will help traffic flow, ease congestion and help decrease the number of crashes which occur along there frequently.
The snow is still falling.
And according to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, the city’s full fleet of 287 snow plows are deployed and still clearing the inches of lake effect snow that continue to coat area roadways.
Streets and San says its plows are still clearing snow from main thoroughfares and have not begun clearing residential streets.
But Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe says this morning the city has deployed an additional 50 smaller four-wheel drive snow plows to clear streets around schools.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is saying temperatures are so cold, and conditions on so many roads in northern Illinois are so dangerous, motorists should not drive unless it’s completely necessary.
IDOT has 615 trucks a deployed in the northern part of the state to deal with the slice snow and ice covered roads and the white out conditions being caused by high winds on roadways.
In fact, according to Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, due to the extreme cold IDOT Emergency Traffic Patrol or Minutemen Crews, which assist drivers with stalled vehicles or vehicles involved in crashes, will be actively patrolling for stranded motorists.
Interstates I-57, I-74 and I-72 had been closed down the past few days due to heavy snows, high winds that caused drifting snow and white out conditions and below zero temperatures that iced up road surfaces making overall driving conditions extremely dangerous.
According to state officials, due to the approximately 375 passenger vehicles were stranded along I-57 on Monday along with six semi-trailers.
Lots of snow, extremely cold temperatures and high winds have conspired to make driving conditions very difficult and in some cases dangerous.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow from 6 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday throughout Illinois. The storm will drop most of its snow between midnight and noon on Sunday and winds of 15-30 mph will cause blowing snow to make driving a challenge if not dangerous due to low visibility.
The entirety of those roadways getting a bump in their speed limit are more than 60 miles outside the Chicago metropolitan area.
State law changes making the speed limit 70 mph on all expressways on January 1st. But both IDOT and the Tollway declined to increase the speed limits on any Chicago-area expressway. That’s despite data that shows most drivers in off peak times are already exceeding the speed limit and that Senator Jim Oberweis, the law’s sponsor says both agencies are not following the law.
“I think they are thwarting the will of the people and the intent of the law,” Oberweis said. “They’re only giving us 55 [mph], and I’m not satisfied with that.”
IDOT says they will start changing effected speed limit signs on January 2nd and believe the process of changing these signs should be completed by January 17th.
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.
Avoid the Drive — at least at night.
That’s the message the Illinois Department of Transportation is telling drivers, as a resurfacing project begins Monday night and continues overnight for the next five weeks.
The project will close two and sometimes three lanes in both directions between North Avenue and Balbo Drive from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights, according to IDOT.
Drivers will face long delays, and IDOT is recommending drivers allow extra time if they travel on that portion of Lake Shore Drive or avoid it altogether.
“Motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to take alternate routes,” said IDOT spokesman Paris Ervin.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.