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CHICAGO COMMUTERS - DRIVE THE EDENS EXPRESSWAY? Finally, Construction Here Nearly Over!

UNLIKE WHEN OTHER CHICAGO-AREA EXPRESSWAYS WERE REBUILT, THE NORTH-SIDE EDENS HAS FEW VIABLE ALTERNATE ROUTES!

It's an old cliché, folks, and you've heard it dozens, if not hundreds of times - "There are TWO SEASONS in Chicago;  Winter, and Road Construction!"

Finally, after a spring and summer of painfully slow commuting on both sides of the Edens Expressway, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.  The roadway, down to just two lanes in either direction due to roadwork to resurface the road and rebuild several overpasses between Wilson Avenue on the Northwest Side of Chicago, and Lake Cook Road at the northern end of the expressway, will open a third lane today, in each direction, north of Old Orchard Road in North Suburban Skokie.

By the end of next month, the resurfaced third lane will be open south of Old Orchard Road, south to the junction of the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago, during daytime hours.  Night work, to finish the resurfacing south of Old Orchard Road, will continue through the end of September, when the entire resurfacing project is scheduled to be completed.

Edens Expressway re-construction has been especially painful for Chicago commuters since there are no true alternates to the expressway.  Cicero Avenue and Skokie Boulevard, and Waukegan Road, which parallel the expressway for a portion of its length, have been jammed with additional traffic since work began last March.  METRA Commuter Trains provide some relief, but these trains have been packed, taking on construction-weary commuters as well as those trying to trim their gas budgets.

Read Jon Hilkevitch's "Getting Around" column in today's Chicago Tribune for more info.

DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

 

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:20 AM by Dean's Team

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