Driving the speed limit on tollway gets angry looks

  • The start of my odyssey: The entrance ramp to I-90 at Route 25 in Elgin.

      The start of my odyssey: The entrance ramp to I-90 at Route 25 in Elgin. Jim Baumann | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/4/2014 1:04 PM

Who drives the speed limit these days?

Three drivers -- counting me -- on a 16-mile stretch of the Jane Addams Tollway I drove at 10:30 a.m. on Election Day.

 

I wanted to see what it would be like to drive 55 mph on a stretch of road I take every day, one punctuated by numerous work zones with plenty of work going on.

So I set the cruise control at 55 and sat in the center lane -- sat, because I felt like I was standing still.

Cars and trucks zoomed by, some at better than 80 mph. They disregarded the lighted "Obey Speed Limit" signs and crossed with impunity the solid white lines that you're not supposed to cross.

And angry drivers stacked up behind me.

None, it seems, other than one Jeep driver and one construction truck driver, both of whom I passed, felt that 55 was a limit.

To them, it was a starting point.

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