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  • Inbound Kennedy Expressway lanes reopen after semi crash Sep 1, 2014 3:51 PM
    The inbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway have been reopened after an overturned semi completely shut down traffic and injured one person, ABC 7 Chicago is reporting.

     
  • Illinois to spend another $102M on high-speed rail Sep 1, 2014 9:35 AM
    The state of Illinois will spent $102 million to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed rail upgrades between Chicago and St. Louis.

     
  • 5 things to know about driving on marijuana Sep 1, 2014 4:11 PM
    The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What’s not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes.

     
  • Building I-290 interchange bridge no easy endeavor Sep 1, 2014 2:47 PM
    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

     
  • Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot? Sep 1, 2014 4:11 PM
    As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate.

     
  • Midlothian Road resurfacing in Mundelein Aug 31, 2014 4:27 PM
    The pavement resurfacing of Midlothian Road from Route 176 to south of Winchester Road in Mundelein will begin Tuesday, Sept. 2.

     
  • Algonquin Bypass slated to open Thursday Aug 30, 2014 11:25 AM
    The long-awaited Algonquin Bypass project that has been in the works for three years now will open Thursday. The $88.5 million project created a new, four-lane, 2.2-mile segment of Route 31 that allows motorists to bypass downtown. “We do have a historic downtown and it’s the heart and soul, just like every community, which is very important. It returns Main Street to a downtown street,” Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said.

     
  • Portion of Algonquin Road closed in Des Plaines Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    A portion of Algonquin Road on the east side of Des Plaines is closed through Sept. 22 due to bridge painting under the Tri-State Tollway.

     
  • Highway interchange named for former Chicago mayor Aug 29, 2014 4:49 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the new name Friday afternoon for what’s known as the Circle Interchange. Its new name is the Jane Byrne Interchange.

     
  • Two firefighters help rescue driver, 15 passengers in O’Hare bus crash Aug 29, 2014 9:10 PM
    Two Chicago firefighters headed to work Friday morning helped rescue a shuttle bus driver and 15 passengers after the bus struck a concrete barrier near the terminal at O’Hare International Airport. “It was kind of surreal,” said Robert Gembala, one of the firefighters. “The bus was just going straight into the barrier and you saw steam and smoke come out of the front of the bus and fluids were all over the ground."

     
  • How do you build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day? Sep 1, 2014 2:49 PM

    By Matt Arado

    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

     
  • Lake Zurich motorcyclist critically injured in Arlington Heights crash Aug 28, 2014 2:59 PM
    A 40-year-old Lake Zurich man remains hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after a two-vehicle crash on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, police said. The man was riding a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle southeast on Rand near Kennicott Ave about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

     
  • Metra train strikes, kills man in Des Plaines Aug 27, 2014 5:06 AM
    A man in his 40s died after he was hit by an outbound Metra train on the Union Pacific/Northwest Line late Tuesday afternoon in Des Plaines. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:37 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

     
  • Quinn vetoes 70 mph speed limit on tollways in suburbs Aug 27, 2014 5:23 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday put the brakes on legislation that would have raised speed limits on suburban tollways to 70 mph. The governor last year signed a law to raise speed limits on downstate interstates, but urban areas were excluded. “(T)he convenience of increased speeds for drivers on Illinois tollways does not outweigh the safety risks to children, families, and our dedicated public servants,” Quinn wrote in his veto message.

     
  • Pyke: Are I-355 traffic delays the protesters' fault? Aug 25, 2014 11:36 AM
    Protester-related delays on I-355. Accidents at rail crossings. The mailbag is full and it's time to share what everyone's talking about. "It was a Friday and most of us commuters simply want to get home quickly and safely,” one reader says about the protests on bridges over tollways.

     
  • The Soapbox Aug 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors praise two female sports role models, lament the troubles of a local university and sound off on a number of other suburban issues.

     
  • New law could shed light on transit employment Aug 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Regional Transportation Authority will eventually have to include on its website information about worker salaries and spending at Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority under a new law signed Friday.

     
  • United flight to Chicago makes emergency landing Aug 22, 2014 5:39 PM
    A United Express flight from St. Louis to Chicago made an emergency landing in Peoria after the cabin lost air pressure. No one was injured.

     
  • IDOT finshing plans to widen Route 59 at Stearns Road in Bartlett Aug 22, 2014 5:32 AM
    A state project to widen Route 59 at Stearns Road in Bartlett will help unclog traffic and improve driver and pedestrian safety, officials say. The yearlong project is expected to start in the next construction season. Residents have long complained about traffic-weary drivers cutting through their neighborhood to avoid the intersection. Drivers traveling south on Route 59 can take Norwood and Braintree lanes to reach east Stearns Road.

     
  • Suburbs putting new O’Hare noise on ballots Aug 21, 2014 1:22 PM
    As complaints about increased airplane noise from O’Hare International Airport grow louder, more towns are voicing their displeasure by putting advisory referendum questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. The completion of a new runway in October has upset thousands of area residents. “This is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed,” Bensenville Village President Frank Soto said.

     
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