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  • Construction set to resume in West Dundee Mar 21, 2014 12:19 PM
    Enjoy the unimpeded flow of Dundee Township traffic through the intersection of routes 72 and 31 now, because soon, long, backed up lanes set to return. Construction could resume on March 24 or April 1, said Francisco Abreu, resident IDOT engineer.

  • New lane openings spell relief for Route 137 in Libertyville Feb 20, 2014 5:40 PM
    It has been so long that motorists probably don't remember the last time a trip on Route 137 through the Route 21 intersection in Libertyville could be made without delays. Traffic is flowing again after two through lanes in each direction on Route 137 were opened this week.

  • Rolling Meadows wants Meacham Road funds held Feb 20, 2014 11:46 AM
    While elected officials agree that Rolling Meadows will not be involved in a Meacham Road project for the foreseeable future, the city council agreed Tuesday to ask that the Northwest Municipal Conference hold the $4.5 million in federal funds in case things change.

  • Rocky roads! How to navigate pothole territory safely Jan 14, 2014 7:44 AM
    Who's the boss? You or that pothole? Plow through or swerve? Some of the worst injuries occur during head-on collisions, warns Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler. It's second nature to swerve to avoid a pothole, but it could be a fatal decision. Here's the 411 on how to take control of the potholes that are popping up across the suburbs. Your car will thank you.

  • Improve your winter driving IQ Jan 13, 2014 4:48 PM
    Marni's skid into a snowbank and subsequent tire blowout is your gain as experts talk about winter driving - dispensing advice and exposing myths. Plus, readers vent about rail crossings, free Ventra event and Midway traffic.

  • Fatal accidents raise safety questions on Oakton Street Jan 12, 2014 8:00 AM
    Two deadly accidents within six months on Oakton Street near Elk Grove Village have caused some people to question whether safety measures couldn’t be installed. The fatal accidents — a 4-year-old boy hit by a semi-truck last July and a 66-year-old man struck by a car two weeks before Christmas — were in an area with a mobile home park on the north side and businesses on the south side. “They need a crosswalk out there,” said Mary Swieca, the wife of the second victim.

  • Traffic relief at Libertyville intersection depends on weather Jan 11, 2014 8:00 AM
    The new medians and pavement at routes 21 and 137 in Libertyville are complete but the widened intersection has not been open to traffic. Crews removed snow from those areas Friday and hope for a break in the weather next week so pavement markings can be replaced and some of the lanes opened. “It’s anybody’s guess when that might happen,” said John Heinz, Libertyville public works director.

  • Metra warns of issues for morning commute Jan 7, 2014 11:15 AM
    Suburban commuters should prepare themselves for delays and canceled trains on the way to work this morning with Metra already announcing a reduced schedule on the BNSF Line. A treacherous combination of frigid temperatures and ice caused accidents, frozen switches, equipment failures and unexpected messups on numerous routes Monday morning.

  • IDOT website helps drivers: Dec 18, 2013 5:56 PM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Getting Around Illinois website provides the latest on winter driving conditions, ongoing road construction, traffic volumes on state routes and the status of future projects.

  • Traffic shift for Route 21/137 project: Dec 12, 2013 4:08 PM
    Weather permitting, traffic on Route 137 and Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) in the Libertyville area will be placed in a new configuration Friday to complete remaining medians on all four legs of the intersection.

  • Rt. 31/120 choke point gets some first aid Dec 5, 2013 8:04 PM
    For anyone who’s fumed in traffic at the junction of Routes 31 and 120 in McHenry, relief is in sight. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office Thursday announced a $7.2 million contract with Woodstock-based Alliance Contractors to improve the congested intersection.

  • Route 21/137 intersection work: Dec 2, 2013 4:48 PM
    Work on the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Route 137 in Libertyville will move into high gear with night work scheduled for Tuesday.

  • Libertyville soon could see relief from big road project Nov 21, 2013 7:39 PM
    A long, disruptive road project in the Libertyville area is coming to a close. The Illinois Department of Transporation hopes to open all lanes of a widened Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) and Route 137 by Dec. 23. "We're getting close if if the weather holds up, I think we'll be OK," said Stan Masnik, project engineer. Advance work began in fall 2011.

  • Input sought for state road program: Oct 25, 2013 4:19 PM
    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host two webinars to provide input into the Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for 2015-2020.

  • Venting about Ventra, intersection mayhem and the fighting Illiana Oct 21, 2013 5:29 AM
    You asked about intersections, Ventra and reduced fares. You opined about the Illiana. We've got your answers and a chance for everyone to rant and rave. Readers let it all out in this week's In Transit column.

  • Planning board approves Illiana Expressway construction Oct 18, 2013 10:00 AM
    Amid a split among suburban leaders, the controversial Illiana Expressway received a shot in the arm Thursday when a planning board endorsed the road, marking a significant political victory for Gov. Pat Quinn. The Illiana is a proposed tollway linking I-55 in the south suburbs with I-65 in Indiana that would be built as a public-private partnership.

  • Illiana Expressway plan looks like it will pass Oct 14, 2013 11:10 AM
    It's a tangled political web when it comes to forecasting how a powerful committee will vote on including the Illiana Expressway in a list of significant projects eligible for federal funding. But the odds are in the expressway's favor.

  • Consensus has led to road work progress, Lake County officials say Oct 11, 2013 2:36 PM
    Seven years ago, local Lake County leaders reached consensus on a batch of road widening projects to help ease traffic congestion. So what's happened since? “There’s been a significant amount of progress with the plan but there’s a lot more to go,” said Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

  • Why you should care about the battle of the Illiana Expressway Oct 8, 2013 6:45 AM
    It's Gov. Pat Quinn against the CMAP wonks in this smackdown over the future of the Illiana Expressway. Some think the proposed highway linking I-55 with I-65 in Indiana is a boondoggle, others say it's a job panacea.

  • Key step in Libertyville road project coming Sep 28, 2013 8:00 AM
    Concrete trucks will descend en masse next week on the seemingly endless Route 21/137 widening and improvement project that has ensnared motorists near Libertyville for more than a year. "I think it's a huge step, personally," said John Heinz, Libertyville public works director. The $23 million project could be substantially complete by Christmas.

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