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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #325 on: May 29, 2017, 12:21:20 AM »

Just imagine what IDOT and Metra could accomplish with some new blood and some addition by subtraction.

And a more efficient ticket collection system
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #326 on: May 29, 2017, 09:03:13 AM »

Just imagine what IDOT and Metra could accomplish with some new blood and some addition by subtraction.

And a more efficient ticket collection system

I fully agree on that one! Although this is getting off topic, all I will say is that Metra's fare and ticket collection system is an absolute joke in this day and age.

However, on a similar note, I know the delays at the Roselle Road interchange on I-90 are basically because of Cook County, but how about Elmhurst Road and Barrington Road? I know those are both IDOT maintained, so is IDOT the one holding up the show at those spots? It just seems that where IDOT is not involved the Tollway was able to do their work just fine. Also, now with I-90 essentially finished on the mainline, the highlight of how far from sufficient the IDOT portion in Chicago is now very much highlighted.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #327 on: May 29, 2017, 10:22:00 AM »

Have you used Metra's ventra app?  I think it is pretty slick.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #328 on: May 29, 2017, 12:11:17 PM »

Just imagine what IDOT and Metra could accomplish with some new blood and some addition by subtraction.

And a more efficient ticket collection system
but my corp makes big bank from the $500+ hole puncher that Metra buys!
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #329 on: May 29, 2017, 10:07:32 PM »

Have you used Metra's ventra app?  I think it is pretty slick.

Yes, multiple times a week, in fact. It's a welcome improvement, but it still is silly that you have ticket conductors checking tickets (or that you have to "tap" on the screen for them). I would rather it be something automated to where I can get on, and then that's it, more like the CTA. I know that would be a huge cost, so I am sure that is the main reason they can't simply do that.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #330 on: May 29, 2017, 11:15:51 PM »

With the state of roads and things in Illinois in general, they should just start charging a $5 entrance fee to the state.

And thus, ShunSTATE-ing was created!
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #331 on: May 30, 2017, 01:52:14 AM »

When did the speed limit on the I-355 extension go up to 70? I noticed it last month but haven't seen anything on it.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #332 on: May 30, 2017, 02:05:00 PM »

When did the speed limit on the I-355 extension go up to 70? I noticed it last month but haven't seen anything on it.
they upped I-290 from somewhere before irving park road to 60.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #333 on: May 30, 2017, 03:54:36 PM »

Wish they'd increase the speed on EOE
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #334 on: May 30, 2017, 04:09:43 PM »

When did the speed limit on the I-355 extension go up to 70? I noticed it last month but haven't seen anything on it.

I saw it go to 70 in early March, around the time I-90 west of Elgin went to 70.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #335 on: May 30, 2017, 07:32:57 PM »

When did the speed limit on the I-355 extension go up to 70? I noticed it last month but haven't seen anything on it.

I saw it go to 70 in early March, around the time I-90 west of Elgin went to 70.

It was a good call; the road can clearly handle it.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #336 on: May 30, 2017, 08:30:57 PM »

Wish they'd increase the speed on EOE
maybe when the road work is done till IL-83. also I-90 needs to be 70 Chicago to Elgin. People are doing 70-80+ on it now.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #337 on: May 31, 2017, 08:49:15 AM »

When did the speed limit on the I-355 extension go up to 70? I noticed it last month but haven't seen anything on it.

I saw it go to 70 in early March, around the time I-90 west of Elgin went to 70.

It was a good call; the road can clearly handle it.

The Illinois Legislature passed a law a couple months ago increasing the speed limit on the interstates and tollways to 70 as far north, and including I-80 and as far east, and I believe including I-294.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #338 on: July 06, 2017, 08:17:37 PM »

Tollway to hold open house to solicit ideas about how to fix the Hillside Strangler

https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/illinois-tollway-holds-open-house-elmhurst
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #339 on: July 06, 2017, 10:04:42 PM »

Tollway to hold open house to solicit ideas about how to fix the Hillside Strangler

https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/illinois-tollway-holds-open-house-elmhurst


In other news, some guy named "dzlsabe" is already camping out in front of the meeting location.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #340 on: July 06, 2017, 10:33:35 PM »

Tollway to hold open house to solicit ideas about how to fix the Hillside Strangler

https://patch.com/illinois/elmhurst/illinois-tollway-holds-open-house-elmhurst


In other news, some guy named "dzlsabe" is already camping out in front of the meeting location.

His name is Fred you know......  :)
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #341 on: July 07, 2017, 12:48:03 AM »

when will the scans / pdfs of the exhibits be put on line? also any have an email that I can send some ideas to?
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #342 on: July 20, 2017, 05:52:12 PM »

Did anyone go to the I-294/88 interchange meeting today? What was discussed?
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #343 on: July 21, 2017, 09:08:06 PM »

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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #344 on: July 21, 2017, 09:47:41 PM »

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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #345 on: July 22, 2017, 02:04:31 AM »

Here are the proposed concepts

https://www.illinoistollway.com/documents/20184/588519/20170720_290-88PublicMeeting-Exhibits_Web.pdf/b556fc55-998e-45c7-936c-435850c82639

Thoughts?

I personally like it.

Separate EB 290 with dedicated lanes towards WB 88 and SB 294? YEP I likey.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #346 on: July 22, 2017, 12:54:20 PM »

This looks great. It's common sense and needed to be done decades ago. Yet it will be at least another decade before it's done. Is this unique to Illinois or does every state have a ridiculously long and drawn out process?
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #347 on: July 22, 2017, 01:16:14 PM »

Here are the proposed concepts

https://www.illinoistollway.com/documents/20184/588519/20170720_290-88PublicMeeting-Exhibits_Web.pdf/b556fc55-998e-45c7-936c-435850c82639

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1) The staging for the proposed design will be interesting, especially without temporarily closing some of the ramps.

2) Is EB I-290 traffic no longer going to be able to access WB I-88?  With the industrial areas east of I-294 along IL 64 and US 20, I think it would be desirable to keep allowing this possible movement, unless there are plans to add an entrance from IL 64 or US 20 to SB I-294 that would allow these areas access to WB I-88 via I-294.

3) Looks like the levels for the southern crossing of the new ramps between EB I-290 and SB I-294 is reversed - the map shows the SB to EB ramp on top.  Unless the elevations of mainline I-294 and/or mainline I-290 are changing, that would make the new SB to EB ramp rather steep with the need to get over the EB to SB ramp yet get low enough to fit under SB I-294.

This looks great. It's common sense and needed to be done decades ago. Yet it will be at least another decade before it's done. Is this unique to Illinois or does every state have a ridiculously long and drawn out process?

Five years to the anticipated start of construction (2022) is not that 'drawn out'.  How long did it take Missouri to fix the ramps at the west end of the PSB, and how long is it taking TNDOT to fix that wonderful interchange in Memphis between I-55 and Crump Boulevard?
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #348 on: July 22, 2017, 02:39:32 PM »

2) Is EB I-290 traffic no longer going to be able to access WB I-88?  With the industrial areas east of I-294 along IL 64 and US 20, I think it would be desirable to keep allowing this possible movement, unless there are plans to add an entrance from IL 64 or US 20 to SB I-294 that would allow these areas access to WB I-88 via I-294.

I believe EB I-290 to WB I-88 will be eliminated. And honestly, who cares? Is that movement really needed? The vast majority of the traffic does not make that move, and eliminating it will allow for much better traffic flow for the primary movements. The few who need to make that move can continue down to Cermak/22nd St and take it west to the Spring Road I-88 entrance in Oak Brook.
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Re: Illinois Tollway Notes
« Reply #349 on: July 22, 2017, 04:47:41 PM »

What's nice about the I-294 northbound to I-290 westbound is that it eliminates the long cloverleaf ramp, which has always been a pain not just because its a cloverleaf, but because you had to navigate merging into traffic and curve northbound at the same time.  The entrance ramps onto I-290 would now by on a straight-away.
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