Tag Archives: IDOT

Sun-Times Profiles Chicago’s Resident Street Sign Expert

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.

63rd Street Bridge Closes Monday For 10 Months Of Repair Work

Detour signScheduled 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.

IDOT: Crashes Tick Up 4% 2013, Highest Since 2008

CrashThe 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.

There were 991 crash related fatalities last year, 37 more than in 2012 or a 4% increase statewide.

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:

70 MPH Speed Limit Coming To Illinois Tollway As Illinois House Overrides Governor’s Veto

Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis

Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis

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.

Illinois Senate Passes Veto Override Of 70 MPH Bill

70 MPH signOn Thursday in Springfield, the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly 44-5-1 to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill that will raise the speed limit on Illinois Tollways to 70 mph.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), has been trying to raise the speed limit on Illinois expressways for the past two years with some success.

“The Governor is fond of saying ‘Let the will of the people be the law of the land,’ yet he was quick to veto legislation that was sponsored by 36 Senators representing Chicago, suburban and downstate areas of Illinois,” Oberweis said Thursday. “And today, a majority of my colleagues in the Senate joined me in overriding the Governor’s veto.”

A bill signed by Quinn in 2013 was supposed to increase the speed limit on all expressways–including the tollway and Chicago area expressways–at least according to Oberweis who authored the bill.

IDOT Warns Drivers Of Stepped Up Halloween Weekend Enforcement

illinoisstatepoliceThe Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) are warning motorists of stepped up efforts by state and local law enforcement to catch impaired drivers this holiday weekend.

“Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate, but poor decisions too often lead to real tragedy on Illinois roads,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. “This Halloween, law enforcement will be on the lookout for drunk and unbuckled drivers to help keep the fun from turning into a deadly night.”

With traffic fatalities across the state down significantly compared to last year at this time, Halloween marks the start of a two month, end of the year effort to keep traffic deaths as low as possible.

IDOT says four of 19 motor vehicle related fatalities last year involved a driver who had consumed alcohol.

Drink responsibly, designate a driver and buckle up is the advice IDOT and the state police are giving motorists.

IDOT Warns Of Weekend Roadwork On Chicago Area Expressways

Signs along Chicagoland expressways will  not go up to 65 or 70 mph despite Sen. Oberweis' efforts to clarify a new law he sponsored.

Traffic backs up along the inbound Kennedy Expressway.

A trio of maintenance projects will offer short term traffic challenges for motorists this weekend on Chicago expressways.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting two bridge inspections Saturday and Sunday morning.

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.

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.