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  • 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.

  • Plan for tunnel near parks resurfaces in Island Lake Sep 27, 2013 11:59 AM
    A decades-old proposal to connect two Island Lake parks on opposite sides of Route 176 with a tunnel beneath the busy road has resurfaced. But the man who brought the concept back for public discussion, Mayor Charles Amrich, admitted it isn’t happening any time soon because of the potential $1.5 million price tag.

  • West Dundee police eager for construction hiatus Sep 25, 2013 12:33 PM
    No one is more anxious to see the routes 72 and 31 intersection work reach its hiatus this year than the West Dundee Police Department.

  • How a Roselle family got a $10,000 bill from tollway Sep 9, 2013 5:35 AM
    Lori Luxenberg Challinor of Roselle and her husband are reeling from an unexpected bill from the tollway for violations of about $10,000 on their Dodge Caravan. Problem is, the couple no longer own the Caravan — they sold it several years ago to an acquaintance who turned around and resold it to some unsavory characters. They, in turn, took the van on the adventure of a lifetime that included running red lights and skipping tolls.

  • Route 12, Route 59 ramp closed because of hole in road Sep 3, 2013 3:32 PM
    The southbound Route 59 ramp to Route 12 and northbound Route 12 north of Route 59 were closed early Tuesday afternoon because of a large hole in the road, authorities said. Dan Miller, head of the Fox Lake street department, said the Route 12 bridge over Route 59 is a state road and it is up to IDOT to complete any potential long term repairs.

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