From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating
Nov09

From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating

Not everyone who lives in or visits Chicago enjoys a car-free existence.  And for them, there is the Jane Byrne Interchange. November 2020 construction at the Jane Byrne Interchange (Courtesy of YoChicago!) We haven’t talked about it much since reconstruction commenced on the intersection of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ryan Expressways.  Partly because it’s been going on for eight years, and mostly because you can get the...

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Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere
Nov06

Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere

  Chicago survived the overnight closures while crews installed beams for the new Jane Byrne Interchange Flyover this summer, but there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done throughout the complicated junction. Not only does the Flyover itself need to be completed, but there’s also the matter of reconnecting the Dan Ryan to Congress Parkway, rebuilding what will be the north-bound lanes of the Halsted Street bridge...

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How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?
Jun09

How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?

Chicago is an old city, and when you look at the region’s transportation infrastructure, it looks the part.  Decades of neglect and underfunding have left the region’s and the city’s rails, roads, bridges, and transit in deplorable condition. Tell someone in Finland that the commuter trains sometimes don’t run when it gets to 20 degrees because the switches are heated with open flames, and they’ll think...

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[Interactive] Circle Interchange Reconstruction Faces Little Opposition From Neighbors
Jun28

[Interactive] Circle Interchange Reconstruction Faces Little Opposition From Neighbors

The Chicago Blackhawks are the best professional hockey team in America. The Circle Interchange – a couple of miles from the United Center – is arguably the worst traffic bottleneck in the country. In fact a study by the American Transportation Research Institute ranks it the the slowest, most congested interchange in the nation. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is getting ready to overhaul the interchange which links the...

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