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Northwest Side Residents Revolt Against Proposed Bike Lanes

200 people showed up to hear from CDOT officials on possible changes to Milwaukee Avenue Monday. Photo credit: Heather Cherone/DNA Info.

200 people showed up to hear from CDOT officials on possible changes to Milwaukee Avenue Monday. Photo credit: Heather Cherone/DNA Info.

The boos, catcalls, jeers and raised voices of indignant Northwest Side residents filled the room at a community meeting Monday night.

According to DNA Info
residents and business owners in the 45th Ward loudly complained about proposed changes to Milwaukee Avenue between Lawrence and Elston.

One proposal, which would eliminate a lane of traffic in each direction and add protected bike lanes got the most negative feedback according to the story, and forced Ald. John Arena (45th) to quiet the crowd.

CDOT officials say the elimination of traffic lanes will improve traffic flow and improve safety by reducing crashes.

Cameras Catch Amazing Expressway Pileup Outside Milwaukee

Raw: 30 Car Pileup in Milwaukee by associatedpress

Listening to a Milwaukee talk radio station, we heard about this amazing multi-car pileup that happened outside Milwaukee during Sunday’s snowstorm.

Wisconsin DOT cameras caught the action on Highway 41 & 45.

Even more amazingly, no one died although three other people died in storm related accidents in the area Sunday.

Here’s more photos and story at WTMJ Radio, “Video captures Highway 41/45 pileup as it happens.”

Sheridan Road Construction To Be Completed By End Of Week

The final phase of construction on Sheridan Road began Wednesday. Photo credit: Benjamin Woodward/DNA Info

The end is near.

Construction on Sheridan Road between Hollywood and Devon should be finished by next week according to DNA Info.

The city has been replacing a huge length of water main below Sheridan since August.

DNA Info reports that milling of the pavement began Wednesday at Hollywood and Lake Shore Drive and will take about three days according to 48th Ward alderman Harry Osterman.

Critical Mass To Make Rush Hour More Challenging Friday Night

Bikers "Mass" up traffic in Wicker Park

Heads up Friday drivers.

Rush hour may be a little more challenging than normal as September’s monthly Critical Mass ride gets going at 5:30 Friday evening.

The last Friday of the month “parade” of bicycle riders steps off from Daley Center Plaza and will take some unknown 10-20 mile route through the city this evening.

Typically, the mass of bicyclists take over streets on their route and clog up traffic at intersections completely stopping cross traffic for long durations between 10-30 minutes at a time.

With beautiful weather Friday, the turnout for Critical Mass should be large. Big turnouts translate into a longer line of bikes, longer delays for motorists and pedestrians at intersections.

So if you stumble upon Critical Mass this evening be prepared to wait.

And as the Critical Mass drivers shout at passersby…”Happy Friday!”

Grand Avenue Bridge Closed For Emergency Repairs

The Chicago Department of Transportation announced the Grand Avenue Bridge is going to be closed to all traffic for the next two weeks due to emergency repairs.

The bridge, which spans the North Branch of the Chicago River, officially closed Monday night at 7 PM and will be closed until Monday, October 7th at 6 AM.

CDOT is saying the bridge will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic to replace steel components on each of the four corners of the bridge.

Drivers are being detoured around the Grand Avenue Bridge by using Halsted Street, Chicago Avenue and LaSalle Street.

The bridge had been closed the past two weekends for painting.

Residents Express Concern Over Ashland BRT

Photo credit: CTA

About 40 residents who will be directly impacted by the proposed Ashland Bus Rapid Transit project attended a meeting in the East Village neighborhood Monday according to DNA Info Chicago.

Many of the attendees expressed concern over recently announced news on the project that no left turns will be allowed except at streets which connect directly to the expressway.

The Ashland BRT plan is to take out a full lane for vehicular traffic in each direction so that express buses would be able to travel the approximately five miles between 31st Place and Cortland Avenue. The center lane would be used for loading and unloading passengers at half mile intervals. The current Ashland bus would still operate, but less frequently.

Memorial Day Travelers Face High Gas Prices, Heavy Traffic

Chicago drivers hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend should expect the usual traffic challenges — but high gas prices might keep more people at home.

Typically, Friday traffic at the start of a three day weekend is brutal and AAA said Chicago traffic should be no worse than last year. The motorist organization predicts 1.6 million people in Illinois will be on the road this weekend.

“AAA is forecasting Memorial Day travel to experience a slight dip as economic improvements from last year are not strong enough to spur an increase in travelers,” said AAA Regional President Brad Roeber. “Economic growth in the first quarter was strong, but the impact of the sequester is now beginning to be felt, which has reduced economic growth expectations.”

Higher gas prices may also reduce traffic this year. Locally, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $4.40 per gallon, about 12 cents a gallon higher than last year. Fuel prices statewide are on average $4.06 per gallon, up from $3.87 in 2012.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will also be doing its part to minimize congestion and delays by suspending all road construction starting at 3 p.m. Friday through Monday at midnight.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Chicago’s Traffic Improving, Study Shows

According to a new report, Chicago drivers are experienced less traffic congestion last year.

Chicago drivers may find it hard to believe, but a new study says Chicago’s traffic congestion significantly improved in 2012.

INRIX, an international provider of traffic data, released its Traffic Scoreboard Annual Report on Wednesday, which shows congestion on the city’s many roadways has dropped by 23 percent in 2012.

According to the report, Chicago drivers spent 30 hours stuck in traffic last year, compared to 37 hours in 2011 — a seven hour difference.

This decline has dropped Chicago from its list of top “10 Worst Cities for Traffic in America.” The city was 8th in 2010, 10th in 2011 and now slides into to the 12th-worst traffic city.

Unfortunately, the reason for the improvement is not good news.

According to Jim Bak, INRIX’s Director of Community Relations, Chicago drivers can credit the city’s generally weak economy and high unemployment rate for the traffic improvement.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

City Moving Forward On Ashland Bus Rapid Transit Project

Plan Eliminates One Lane Of Traffic In Both Directions, Reduces Parking By 10%, Prevents Some Left Turns

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority announced plans to move forward with a bus rapid transit (BRT) project along 16 miles of Ashland Avenue.

The ultimate plan is to have BRT along Ashland Avenue from 95th Street to Irving Park Road with center-running bus lanes in either direction. This will require the elimination of one lane of motor vehicle traffic in both directions on one of the city’s most used north-south corridors. The city says it will also reduce street parking along Ashland by 10%.

“Bus Rapid Transit is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to expand and modernize our city’s transit network for the 21st century and is an important component of my plan to create a world-class transit system,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We will work with our local communities to best determine how to maximize the positive impacts BRT would provide to riders, while boosting local economic development and improving quality of life for all city residents.”

Parking Restrictions Return To Lakeview For Cubs 1st Night Game

The first two Cubs’ night games of the 2013 season Tuesday and Wednesday nights will bring even more traffic gridlock and parking chaos in the North Side neighborhoods surrounding the field.

Police and 10 city tow trucks will be out in force starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening ticketing and towing cars parked on area residential streets which do not display the residential parking permits or guest passes with the LV-2 or 383 designations. The restrictions continue until 10 p.m.

The parking tickets carry a $50 fine, but drivers will also have to pay $160 to retrieve their car from the auto pound.

“We ask people to watch for parking signs in residential neighborhoods,” said Department of Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman Anne Sheahan. “We don’t want anyone getting parking tickets. Just be respectful of the neighborhood and watch for signs.”

The strict parking restrictions — in an area roughly bordered by Lake Shore Drive to the east, Ravenswood Avenue to the west, Belmont Avenue to the south and Montrose Avenue to the north — will be in effect for 27 Cubs night games this year, and possibly more.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.