Chicago, Ill. – The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway is getting a long overdue resurfacing and bridge renovation work. But some drivers feel the tollway, also known as I-90, should get a total reconstruction with wider roads. The rehabilitation is estimated to cost $65 million and will last five to seven years. Total reconstruction would cost $1.9 billion, which is unobtainable with current funding deficits. The construction is part of the “Open Roads for a Faster Future” initiative that strives to decrease travel times, convert toll plazas to open road tolling and extend specific highways.
“Oh, the tollway needs repairs badly,” said Wendy Kissee in The Chicago Tribune. “It’s very rutted from the semis. I know they did a lot of pothole patching last year, but you can feel it: Bum-bum-bum-bum. I think they’ve just been piecing it together for the last two years.”
Traffic will be shifted to the shoulders and some lane closures will happen at nonpeak traffic hours. Crews having been setting up temporary barriers to redirect traffic. An estimated 308,000 vehicles use I-90 every day. The tollway is 58 years old so major work is definitely needed on the road. Chicago car accident attorney and 2011 SuperLawyer Paul A. Greenberg, Esq., of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, cautions that, “It is very important for I-90 drivers to be mindful of slower speed limits, different traffic patterns, and heavy construction equipment.” He also warns that, “Using cell phones and sending text messages is particularly hazardous in this setting and should be avoided.”
Recent deadly accidents on the tollway remind drivers to be cautious as construction gets fully underway. Sometimes car crashes don’t involve just two vehicles. Recently, a man was tending to his vehicle in the median following a crash when another car struck the driver, which sent him flying over the median into opposing traffic. A third vehicle crashed into the car and the driver was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
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