Starting next year, cars and trucks that exit the Touhy Avenue I-Pass toll booth lanes on the Tri-State Tollway will automatically drive through a tollway testing site 1500 feet later that officials say will be the first of its kind in the nation. Under a $2.7 million project announced Wednesday, the “living laboratory” will allow Tollway officials to try out new tolling options.
The interchange will be the Tollway’s first interstate-to-interstate connection without toll booths on the main roadway for customers who wish to pay tolls in cash. This first phase of the $719 million Tri-State Tollway Interchange project is scheduled for completion in October.
He posted an online survey Wednesday as part of a campaign to resurrect part of the No. 11 Lincoln Avenue bus route that was killed off in 2012.
Cecil Balmond, who was born in Sri Lanka, lives in London and has won international recognition for his structural design, engineering and public art work. He also is the author of several books. He has collaborated several times with Anish Kapoor, who created Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” public sculpture.
Activists concerned that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be travelling through densely populated Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are demanding that government officials release the routes of such trains — as well as all evacuation plans in the event of an explosion.
A one-year project to upgrade erratic wireless communication in the CTA’s 22 miles of underground tunnels could begin as early as November if an $18.9 million contract for the work is approved next week.
The CTA on Thursday announced that Aldridge Electric has been selected …
The city has named 12 new locations it will install speed cameras at through the fall. Currently there are 92 speed cameras installed near 43 schools and parks.
Nearly 35 million U.S. drivers will be taking road trips this 4th of July holiday weekend — the highest number since 2007 — and they will be paying the price for it. Nationally, gas prices were at a six-year high for this time of year, hitting a U.S. average Tuesday of $3.68 a gallon for unleaded regular, according to AAA officials and the travel company’s daily fuel gage report. Average regular gasoline prices were even higher Tuesday in Illinois, at $3.83; in the Chicago metro area, at $3.98; and in Chicago, at $4.23.
Chicagoans may have survived — or avoided — “Carmageddon” last weekend, but drivers are again being advised to take other routes, or expect delays this weekend on the Kennedy Expressway.
Metra police are continuing the agency’s investigation into the electrocution death of a Chicago teenager, who went into a train yard Sunday night, a spokeswoman said.
Demolition work on the Ontario Street bridge progressed more quickly than expected over the weekend, and a much-prophesied traffic “Carmageddon” on the inbound Kennedy Expressway was largely avoided. But drivers are not out of the woods yet. Next weekend, outbound motorists could suffer long delays when they are rerouted around the downtown demolition site. But because the work is ahead of schedule, the timetable for completion was shortened from three weekends to two weekends.
With drivers steering clear, demolition of the Ontario Street bridge over the Kennedy Expressway was going faster than expected Saturday. That prompted highway officials to cut the project from two weekends to three and announce that all inbound lanes will reopen by noon Sunday rather than 5 a.m. Monday, as originally planned.
The cost of driving on the Indiana Toll Road is going up an average of 2.67 percent on July 1 for anyone without an E-ZPass transponder. The cost of driving a car the full length of the toll road will be $10 — up from the current $9.70. The toll for a typical five-axle semitrailer going the 157-mile length of the highway will be $39.70 — up from its current $38.70.
Supporters of a passenger rail line between Chicago and Indianapolis say the upcoming selection of a private company to improve services is just the beginning, with the next step being to press lawmakers to renew their commitment to the service.
Chicago is a special place in the summer. The trick will be getting here this month.
The American Heart Association and Northwestern Medicine are teaming with Metra Wednesday morning to give riders at several train stations a lesson on the correct way to administer the new hands-only CPR method.